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Canadian Serviceberry

Scientific name

Amelanchier canadensis


The Canadian Serviceberry is a multi-stemmed shrub or small tree which grows from 3-5 m in a dense round form. This plant may also be known by the common names: Juneberry, Shadblow, or Shadbush. Early in the spring, prior to leaf development, clusters of fragrant, showy white flowers bloom along the branches. By July, these flowers give way to the fruiting bodies. The fruits are initially small, green berries, which grow to the size of blueberries and turn a deep purple-blue upon maturation during the fall. Leaves produced are finely toothed and spear-shaped. Throughout the summer, leaves are dark green and turn a dramatic orange-red during the fall.

Planting conditions

Canadian Serviceberry can grow in a variety of soil types and moisture levels but prefers moist, well drained, acidic soil with full or partial sun exposure. Canadian Serviceberry is tolerant of occasional flooding and drought. It is most often found in marshes, swamps, and along shorelines. This impressive shrub is low maintenance, adds beautiful colour to the landscape, attracts wildlife species, stabilizes shorelines, and is resistant to pests.


  • Plant height:
    • Any
    • Over 3m
  • Moisture level:
    • Dry
    • Normal
    • Moist
    • Drought Tolerant
    • Flood Tolerant
  • Light conditions:
    • Full sun
    • Partial sun
  • Soil type:
    • Sandy
    • Loamy
    • Clay
  • pH:
    • Acidic
    • Normal
  • Depth:
    • Potted
    • Bareroot
  • Eco Zone:
    • 2a
    • 2b
    • 3a
    • 3b
    • 4a
    • 4b
    • 5a
    • 5b
    • 6a
    • 6b
    • 7a
    • 7b
  • Plant type:
    • Tree
    • Shrub
  • Height:
    • 3-5 m
  • Spread:
    • 3 m