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  • Appearance: Serviceberry is a deciduous shrub or small tree that typically grows between 15 and 25 feet tall. It has an upright, rounded form with multiple stems. The leaves are oval-shaped and have a serrated margin. In early spring, the plant produces clusters of white, star-shaped flowers that give way to edible berries. The berries are initially red and ripen to a dark purple or black color.

  • Habitat and Range: Serviceberry is native to eastern North America and can be found in a variety of habitats, including woodlands, meadows, and along stream banks. It is adaptable to different soil types but prefers moist, well-drained soil. Serviceberry has a wide distribution across eastern Canada and the United States.

  • Edible Berries: The berries of the serviceberry plant are edible and have a sweet flavor. They can be eaten fresh or used in various culinary applications, such as pies, jams, jellies, and desserts. The taste of the berries is often described as similar to blueberries. Wildlife, including birds and mammals, also consume the berries.

  • Ornamental Value: Serviceberry is valued for its ornamental qualities and is often cultivated in gardens and landscapes. It offers year-round interest, with beautiful spring flowers, vibrant fall foliage in shades of red, orange, and yellow, and attractive bark. The plant can be grown as a shrub or trained into a small tree form.

  • Ecological Significance: Serviceberry plays a vital role in supporting wildlife. The flowers provide nectar for bees and other pollinators, while the berries serve as a food source for birds and mammals. The plant's dense growth habit also offers cover and nesting sites for various bird species.

  • Serviceberry, with its beautiful flowers, edible berries, and ecological contributions, is a versatile and valuable plant for both natural and cultivated landscapes. Its adaptability to different soil types and its year-round interest make it a popular choice for gardens and conservation projects.

  • When harvesting serviceberries from the wild or cultivating them in your garden, be mindful of sustainable harvesting practices and ensure proper identification to avoid any potential risks or confusion with other similar-looking berries.
  • SPREAD 3-4 M
  • HEIGHT 5-6 M

Care Instructions

Different plants have different watering needs. Check the soil moisture by inserting your finger about an inch into the soil. If it feels dry, water the plant until the water drains from the bottom of the pot. Avoid overwatering, as it can lead to root rot.

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