A.k.a. shadbush and Juneberry. A small, silver barked tree/bush that tolerates shade. White spring flowers make it a native alternative for the invasive callery pear, edible berries are among the tastiest of serviceberries, and make it valuable for both humans and birds! Can be trained as a tree or a multi-trunked bush.
Light: Full Sun, Part Sun/Shade
Soil Moisture: Wet Mesic, Mesic, Dry Mesic
Soil Type: Loam, Sandy Loam
Bloom Color: White
Bloom Time: April
Fruit: Red/black berries ripen in June.
Fall Color: Orange, Red
Root Type: Branching
Notable Wildlife Interactions: Spring blooms support early season pollinators, particularly bees. Hosts the striped hairstreak and red-spotted purple butterflies, and many moths such as the blue spring moth and Chokeberry underwing, and some smaller insects. Early summer berries are sought after by many species of fruit eating birds such as thrushes, waxwings, and orioles.
Notes: Fairly adaptable but prefers moist, well drained soils. Leaf blights are not uncommon, but don’t generally harm the plant. Intolerant of drought and salt. Some individuals have been recorded as much as 40’ tall, but this tends to be in the southern portion of their range.