Amelanchier laevis - Smooth Serviceberry
A versatile and reliable shrub. Deer resistant. Salt tolerant. Flowers attract pollinators. Drought tolerant once established but it will grow faster and taller in moist soils. Berries are edible and are perfect for baking and snacking. Birds enjoy foraging on the small, nutritious berries.
Height : 15-30 feet Spread : 10-15 feet
Light : Full sun to part shade Water : Dry to moist
Soil : Sand, loam, clay Zone : 4-8
Leaves : Medium-dark green leaves at maturity, but purple-bronze when young. Fall foliage is a blend of orange, red and yellow.
Stem : Reddish the first years and then turns to a grey-brown
Flower : Fragrant creamy white flowers appear in April and May. Very attractive to pollinators. Blooms will increase when in full sun conditions.
Fruit : Present in June-July. Begins reddish and turns purple-black. Sweet, edible and loved by various wildlife and bird species.
Habit : Upright, multi-stemmed shrub or small tree