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Amelanchier stolonifera

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Plant types and subtypes: Trees & Shrubs, Shrubs, Deciduous

Light Requirements: sun, part-sun, part-shade

Water Use: medium

Soil Moisture: dry, moist

Soil Description: rich, average, loam, clay, sand

Height: 4'-5'

Bloom Time: April, May, June

Bloom Color: white

Leaf Color: green

Hardiness Zone: 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8

Additional Tags: attracts bees, attracts birds, clumping, colonizing, drought tolerant, edible, fall interest, mounding, showy fruit

Amelanchier stolonifera (running serviceberry)
  • Amelanchier stolonifera (running serviceberry)

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Description

Amelanchier stolonifera

Also known as:

running serviceberry

,

running juneberry

,

dwarf serviceberry

Scientific Synonyms:

Amelanchier spicata

Description

Amelanchier stolonifera is an attractive low-growing deciduous shrub. It is a suckering plant that slowly forms dense, well-rounded 4' tall mounds. It produces showy clusters of small white flowers, that are followed by equally showy edible purple berries. Excellent fall foliage color.

Cultivation

Running service berry is one of the lowest growing amelanchiers. It prefers bright light, but other than that is not a very particular species. It will grow in a variety of soils and is reasonably drought tolerant. A very showy low maintenance shrub that suckers but does not spread aggressively. Its dense habit makes it an effective windbreak when massed. Blooms April to July. Zones 3-8

Propagation

Can be propagated from seed, but is easiest to propagate by division or transplanting suckers.

Additional Notes

The fuit, also known as juneberries, are delicious and can be eaten raw, baked into pies, or preserved as jam. The genus modifier "stolonifera" is a reference to its stolon-like rhizomatous roots.

Native Range & Classification

Recorded County Distribution: USDA data

Native Range:
AL, CT, DC, GA, IA, IL, IN, KY, MA, MD, ME, MI, MN, MO, NC, ND, NH, NJ, NY, OH, PA, RI, SC, SD, TN, VA, VT, WI, WV

USDA Endangered Status:

  • Special Concern: TN
  • Threatened: MD

Classification

Kingdom Plantae Plants
Subkingdom Tracheobionta Vascular plants
Superdivision Spermatophyta Seed plants
Division Magnoliophyta Flowering plants
Class Magnoliopsida Dicotyledons
Subclass Rosidae
Order Rosales
Family Rosaceae Rose family
Genus Amelanchier serviceberry
Species Amelanchier stolonifera running serviceberry