Trees and shrubs

Serviceberry: remarkable all year round


The serviceberry is an ideal tree in the constitution of a varied and flowery hedge.

In summary, what you need to know:

Last name : Amelanchier
Family : Rosaceae
Type : Shrub

Height
: 2 to 4 m
Exposure : Sunny
Ground : Ordinary

Foliage
: Expired -Flowering : April to May

Superb from spring to autumn, the flowers and berries of the serviceberry are its main assets

How to plant a serviceberry

The planting of the serviceberry takes place indifferently, in fall or spring, by choosing a rather sunny place for a beautiful flowering.

  • The serviceberry likes rather rich, deep soils and well drained
  • He likes the sun, even partial shade.
  • In hedges, keep a distance of 2 m between each shrub.
  • Follow our advice planting shrubs.
  • Multiplication by cuttings in late summer.

Be careful, if you are planting in spring, it is recommended to water regularly the first year after planting.

Care and pruning of the serviceberry

No pruning is really necessary in the serviceberry, but it can be useful when the stems start to intertwine.

If you want to reduce or balance the branches, necessarily wait until the end of flowering.
Otherwise, you risk compromising all chances of seeing flowers appearing.

  • Remove branches that cross and intertwine
  • Prune branches that grow towards the ground
  • Trim the dead wood as you go

Things to know about the serviceberry

Measuring 3 to 5 m high, the Serviceberry is one of those beautiful shrubs that bloom very early in the year and which contribute to the elegance of our gardens.

It is covered with a beautiful white ornament from April, to the delight of the bees.

In addition to its pretty star flowers, we can say that it remains ornamental throughout the year thanks to its beautiful foliage that goes from bronze in spring at red and gold in the fall.

Serviceberry trees have star-shaped flowers, usually white, but more or less pink depending on the variety.

Serviceberry fruits and berries:

The purple berries are Saskatoon berries and if they do not make the birds happy, you can use them by making delicious pies and jams.

Called saskatoon berries, the fruits are indeed edible and can be enjoyed both raw and cooked.

In Quebec, they are better known under the name of "wild pears"

It is easy to maintain and adapts just as well to the shaping of a massif, as isolated but especially in free and varied hedge or in flowering hedge.

Finally, note that the serviceberry attracts birds, whatever one of the 25 species in the genus.

Smart tip

The fruits offered by Saskatoon berries are perfectly edible and will also attract our bird friends to your garden.

We use the fruits to make very good jams.

Video: Capital Naturalist: Serviceberries or Juneberries (October 2020).