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Amelanchier canadensis

Service berry

A table displaying which months are best to sow, plant and harvest.
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Flowers
Flowers

Plant does not flower in January

Plant does not flower in February

Plant does flower in March

Plant does flower in April

Plant does not flower in May

Plant does not flower in June

Plant does not flower in July

Plant does not flower in August

Plant does not flower in September

Plant does not flower in October

Plant does not flower in November

Plant does not flower in December

  • Botanical name: Amelanchier canadensis
  • Common name: Service berry
  • Family: Rosaceae
  • Plant Type: Tree, Deciduous
Flower colour:

White

Foliage colour:

Green

Amelanchier trees are small trees or shrubs, loved for their masses of star-shaped, spring flowers and intense autumn colour. They also bear edible berries, which are used in mufins and pancakes, and which are loved by birds. Due to their compact size and interest over several seasons, they make excellent trees for small gardens.

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Amelanchier canadensis has more of a shrub-like form than other species, with upright blossoms. It bears white, star-shaped flowers in March and April, followed by bronze-tipped foliage which matures to a fresh green, before turning glorious shades of red and orange before falling in autumn. It’s perfect for using as a loose hedge or screen.

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Grow Amelanchier canadensis in moist but well-drained, neutral to acidic soil in full sun to partial shade. A sunnier spot will result in the best autumn colour.. There’s usually very little need to prune amelanchiers, but you may wish to trim to shape in late winter.

Advice on buying Amelanchier canadensis

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  • Amelanchier canadensis may be available from your local garden centre or nursery, but you will have more options online
  • Always check plants for signs of damage or disease before planting

Where to buy Amelanchier canadensis

How to grow Amelanchier canadensis

  • Plant size

    8m height

    4m spread

  • Aspect

    South facing, east facing, west facing

  • Position in border

    Middle, back

  • Sun exposure: Full sun, partial shade
  • Hardiness: Hardy
  • Soil type: Acidic / well drained / light / sandy

Plant calendar

A table displaying which months are best to sow, plant and harvest.
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Flowers
Flowers

Plant does not flower in January

Plant does not flower in February

Plant does flower in March

Plant does flower in April

Plant does not flower in May

Plant does not flower in June

Plant does not flower in July

Plant does not flower in August

Plant does not flower in September

Plant does not flower in October

Plant does not flower in November

Plant does not flower in December

Amelanchier canadensis and wildlife

Amelanchier canadensis is known for attracting bees and birds. It has nectar/pollen rich flowers and has seeds for birds.

Attractive to Bees

Does not attract Beneficial insects

Attractive to Birds

Does not attract Butterflies​/​Moths

Does not attract Other pollinators

Is Amelanchier canadensis poisonous?

Amelanchier canadensis has no toxic effects reported.

No reported toxicity to:

No reported toxicity to Birds

No reported toxicity to Cats

No reported toxicity to Dogs

No reported toxicity to Horses

No reported toxicity to Livestock

No reported toxicity to People