Deciduous, early-spring flowering, North American tree
Description: Delicate, white flowers appear as the leaves emerge; giving the plant a light, airy appearance. Edible, maroon-purple fruit appears in early summer resembling blueberries
Habit: Grows to 40 feet, but can be kept pruned shorter
Culture: Prefers full sun to light shade and moist, rich loam with added organic matter
Hardiness: USDA Zones 5 through 9
This small native tree is in the rose family and is closely allied to the medlar. Some scientists consider this a variety of Amelanchier arborea, the common Shadbush or serviceberry so named because it blooms as the first shad begin to run in the streams. These species were known in Europe by the mid-18th century and plant explorer John Clayton noted "shadbush" in his Flora Virginica of 1736. Philadelphia nurseryman John Bartram listed several species, including A.arborea and A. canadensis,in his broadside catalog of 1783.
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.