Botanical Name: Amelanchier canadensis
En Français: Amélanchier du Canada.
Canadian Serviceberry is smothered in stunning clusters of white flowers rising above the foliage in early spring before the leaves. It has green foliage throughout the season. The oval leaves turn an outstanding orange in the fall. It produces black berries in late spring.
The red or dark purple fruit are typically sweet and juicy, although some, like Amelanchier arborea are drier and don’t have as much flavour. They are all edible although, with local conditions such as soil and weather dictating their exact taste and juiciness. As they are early bloomers, they are a very important source of food for emerging insects.
Best in woodland, naturalized or native plant gardens, especially with dark or shaded backdrops which tend to highlight the form, flowers and fall color of the plant. Also effective along stream banks and ponds.
Planting and Care Considerations
Easily grown in average, medium, well-drained soil in full sun to part shade. Tolerant of a somewhat wide range of soils.
Spread: Up to 20 Feet (6 meters)