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     Shadbush is slightly smaller than Downy and has very high pollinator values, serving as larval host for the Red Spotted Purple, Striped Hairstreak and other butterfly and moth species.  Birds are equally attracted, though, for similarly delicious summer fruits.


     Shadbush also makes a beautiful ornamental shrub with its flurry of white star-shaped spring blooms and brilliant red-orange fall color.


     Fun Fact:  Shadbush comes from the timing of the blooms and the spawning of the native shad fish.  When the Shadbush blooms, it's time to fish. 

Serviceberry, Shadbush

5 Gallons
    • Latin: Amelanchier canadensis
    • Pollinator value: Very High
    • Wetland status: FAC
    • Form: Multi-stemmed shrub
    • Height: 10-20 feet; 5-10 feet wide
    • Light: Full sun to part shade (prefers afternoon shade)
    • Soil: Well drained 
    • Bloom: White, fragrant, early spring
    • Foliage: Blue-green; orange-red fall
    • Fruit: Dark purple-red, edible, summer
    • Landscape: Walkways; native, shade and edible gardens
    • Resistance: Deer (moderate)
    • More information and native range here


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