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Stoloniferous 01-30-2009 02:36 PM

Serviceberry (Amelanchier spp.)
Greetings! I meant to post this last week. . . I blame lack of sleep :rolleyes:.

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!

Stoloniferous 01-30-2009 02:48 PM

I already found some of the information that I am looking for: http://www.hort.wisc.edu/mastergarde...rviceberry.htm

hazelnut 01-30-2009 03:02 PM

we had amalanchier - june berries in our woods back home. they always grew in groves - and it was heavenly to walk under them when they were blooming in spring. If I planted them, I think I would plant them that way in a little grove off to themselves.

as an owner of an historic house - I would keep trees away from the house. Roots are problems, but also fruit trees attract critters that you do not want in your house.

they are truly lovely trees.

Stoloniferous 01-30-2009 03:07 PM

Thanks hazlenut!

MaggyNoLia 01-30-2009 03:32 PM


Originally Posted by Stoloniferous (Post 7111)
One of the shrubs/small trees I am considering is serviceberry, a.k.a. juneberry.

Can anyone suggest a nursery to buy this plant from?

The Audubon Society lists these nurseries for the northeast;

Earl May Seed & Nursery, L.C. in Shenandoah, IA.
Website: http://www.earlmay.com

Farmer Seed & Nursery in Faribault, MI
Website: http://www.farmerseed.com

Henry Leuthardt Nurseries, Inc. in East Moriches, N.Y.
Website: http://www.henryleuthardtnurseries.com

House of Wesley in Bloomington, IL.
Website: http://www.houseofwesley.com

Mellingers, Inc. in North Lima, Ohio.
Website: http://www.mellingers.com

Musser Forests, Inc. in Indiana, PA.
Website: http://www.musserforests.com

Prairie Moon Nursery in Winona, MN.
Website: http://www.prairiemoon.com

Spring Hill Garden Center in Tipp City, OH.
Website: http://www.springhillnursery.com

Stark Bro's Nurseries & Orchards Co. in Louisiana, MO.
Website: http://starkbros.com

Vermont Bean Seed Company in Randolph, WI.
Website: http://www.vermontbean.com

Wildlife Nurseries, Inc. in Oshkosh, WI.
No web. Phone 920-231-3780

Winterthur Gardens in Winterthur, DE
Website: http://www.winterthur.org

Stoloniferous 01-30-2009 03:35 PM

WOW! Thank you Maggy!

MaggyNoLia 01-30-2009 03:55 PM

We just planted an amelancier canadensis in our yard this past fall. The nursery where we got it from said nothing about needing a male to female for this tree and they were well aware our intent was fruit for birds. They did state that the birds absolutely love the fruit of this tree which is a cross between a cherry and blueberry. They said it was a beautiful looking tree and we found that as well when we looked at various pictures of the tree. They also stated that it's fruit was used by native americans and told us if we planned on eating any of the fruit ourselves we had about two days before the birds would have it picked clean.

Our is the shadblow serviceberry....regional I know, but we did get the one that is a tree and not a bush. I don't know if that makes any difference. Most of what I have read about any of the amelanchier spp is that it is an important source of food for songbirds. It provides nectar for butterflies and among the birds that eat it's fruit are Tanagers, Bluebirds(part of why we liked this tree)other birds and mammals. It's fruits are red to dark purple.

Hope some of this helps.

P.S. Oh yea, it's a good nesting source as well according to some sources I've read.

Stoloniferous 01-30-2009 04:37 PM

Thank you for all the information, Maggy!

Stoloniferous 02-13-2009 03:32 PM

My brain hurts! Can anyone here tell me what the differences are between amelanchier canadensis and amelanchier arborea? Thanks!

hazelnut 02-13-2009 04:42 PM


Here is a discussion of the differences.


. . .
In the nursery trade Amelanchier canadensis is often confused with downy serviceberry (A. arborea) and Allegheny serviceberry (A. laevis). This is not surprising since the three species are very similar and even the botanists don't all agree on which species should be considered distinct. In general, A. arborea and A. laevis bloom earlier in spring and have larger flowers than A. canadensis. It is likely that most serviceberries in the trade are A. arborea.

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