Deciduous, spring-flowering, North American shrub native to the Pacific Northwest
Description: Clusters of pure white flowers in spring followed by edible purple-black fruit; bright red or yellow leaves in autumn
Habit: Suckering shrub grows to 12 feet high and wide; slow growing
Culture: Prefers full sun to light shade and moist, rich loam with added organic matter
Hardiness: USDA Zones 3 through 8
This native shrub in the rose family is closely allied to the Medlar. It is also known as Saskatoon or Pacific Serviceberry, Western June Berry, and Dwarf Shadbush. The tasty fruits, which resemble blueberries, were once an important food source for the now extinct Passenger Pigeon; hence the historical name Pigeon Berry. Plant explorer Thomas Nuttall first named the species Aronia alnifolia in 1818 and renamed it Amelanchier alnifolia in 1842. If grown in the right location, it makes a handsome ornamental shrub in the landscape.
This plant will ship bare root. zone3,zone4,zone5,zone6,zone7,zone8,zone9
Bare root planting tips:
- If you can't plant immediately, store your plant in a cool location and keep the roots moist or pot in a container with a nursery potting mix from your local garden center.
- Before planting, let the roots soak for several hours as you prepare the site. You'll want to dig a large enough hole so the root mass can spread out and the plant is at the same soil level as when it was growing in the nursery.
- Once planted, water it in well and wait a month before fertilizing. Mulching will help to maintain moisture and raise soil temperatures for faster growth.