Family: Rosaceae

Scientific Name: Amelanchier spicata

Common Name: Dwarf Serviceberry


Dwarf Serviceberry (Amelanchier spicata)  forms dense, low thickets through the production of many upright shoots from the underground stems. White flowers followed by edible berries.

Plant TypeShrubs Deciduous
Sunlightbest in mostly sunny sites with some shade, will tolerate hot sunny areas
Moistureaverage, moist
Soil & Sitemoist well drained soils
Flowerswhite, borne in dense erect racemes, end of April before the leaves have appeared.
Fruitreddish fruit, which turns deep purple-black when ripe, attracts birds, edible
Leavessimple, opposite, emerge as a grayish bronze color changing to green, excellent fall color: yellows, reds and oranges. fine teeth
Stemsrunning rhizomes, suckers forming thickets, bark smooth on young stems, ashy-gray
Rootsmany times listed as having rhizomatous or stoloniferous roots which is botanically in correct since stolons and rhizomes are modified stems
Propagationdivision, cuttings
Native SiteNative to many northern states and Canada
Misc FactsAKA: Dwarf Shadbush, Running Serviceberry, Creeping Juneberry, Thicket Shadbush, Pigeon Berry
Notes & Reference#01-Manual of Woody Landscape Plants (Michael Dirr), #03-The Hillier Manual of Trees and Shrubs (Hillier Nursery), Friends of the Wild Flower Garden (
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