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Old 01-30-2009, 02:36 PM   #1
Stoloniferous
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Default Serviceberry (Amelanchier spp.)

Greetings! I meant to post this last week. . . I blame lack of sleep .

I am in the planning stages for a new garden bed in my yard. Details are here: http://www.wildlifegardeners.org/for...read.php?t=541 I plan to include a few fruit and nut trees or shrubs in this planting, and I was wondering if anyone could give me information on the trees and shrubs I am considering.[/color]

One of the shrubs/small trees I am considering is serviceberry, a.k.a. juneberry. It sounds like there are a few different sub-species – does anyone here have any information on the various kinds?

Will I need two serviceberry bushes in order to get fruit?

What is the minimum distance that I should plant this from my house, in order to keep branches and roots from becoming a problem? (The house is two-story and has a gutter.) Are there any reasons that this wouldn’t be a good choice for inclusion in a children’s play area? Will I need to protect the young tree from our resident hungry deer population?

Can anyone suggest a nursery to buy this plant from?

Thanks for your feedback!
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