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AMELANCHIER canadensis (SPRING GLORY®)

Image of Amelanchier canadensis 'Sprizam' (SPRING GLORY®)

Family

Rosaceae

Botanical Name

AMELANCHIER canadensis 'Sprizam'(SPRING GLORY®)

Plant Common Name

Canadian Serviceberry, Shadblow Serviceberry

General Description

The heavy-flowering shadblow, Spring Glory®, is relatively compact, upright and has brilliant orange and yellow fall color. The graceful multi-stemmed habit of shadblow serviceberry brings much to the landscape. Amelanchier canadensis is a native of the eastern United States and southern Canada, it is a large deciduous shrub or small tree that spreads by rhizomes and naturally resides in swampy locations. It is pretty through the seasons with its small white spring blossoms, edible summer berries and bright fall foliage.

Its simple green leaves are oval, woolly and whitish when young and become deep green by late spring, losing most of their tiny hairs. The small showy white or light pink flowers are held in clusters and appear in spring before the leaves emerge. The bee pollinated blooms are followed by edible berries that turn from red to deep blue. They are flavorful and much sought after by wildlife. Cool autumn days turn the leaves shades of yellow and red, giving the overall plant canopy a look of a well-colored peach.

Shadblow serviceberry prefers moist, acidic, well-drained soils. Despite its preference to lowland situations, it adapts very nicely to upland garden sites too. For best flowering, fruiting and habit, provide it with full to partial sun. It makes a lovely addition to woodland gardens, waterside settings, mucky areas and shrub borders. If placed in front of a dark evergreen hedge or grove, the white flowers are much showier.

Characteristics

  • AHS Heat Zone

    8 - 1

  • USDA Hardiness Zone

    3 - 8

  • Sunset Zone

    A2, A3, 1a, 1b, 2a, 2b, 3a, 3b, 4, 5, 6

  • Plant Type

    Tree

  • Sun Exposure

    Full Sun, Partial Sun, Partial Shade

  • Height

    6'-30' / 1.8m - 9.1m

  • Width

    15'-20' / 4.6m - 6.1m

  • Bloom Time

    Early Spring, Spring

  • Native To

    North America, United States, Northeastern United States, Mid-Atlantic United States, Southeastern United States, Canada

Growing Conditions

  • Soil pH

    Acidic, Neutral

  • Soil Drainage

    Well Drained

  • Soil type

    Clay, Loam

  • Tolerances

    Wet Site

  • Growth Rate

    Medium

  • Water Requirements

    Average Water, Ample Water

  • Habit

    Oval/Rounded

  • Seasonal Interest

    Spring, Summer, Fall

Ornamental Features

  • Flower Interest

    Showy

  • Flower Color

    White

  • Fruit Color

    Red, Dark Blue

  • Foliage Color (Spring)

    Green, Light Green

  • Foliage Color (Summer)

    Green, Dark Green

  • Foliage Color (Fall)

    Yellow, Orange, Gold

  • Bark Color

    Gray

  • Fragrant Flowers

    Yes

  • Fragrant Fruit

    Yes

  • Fragrant Foliage

    No

  • Bark or Stem Fragrant

    No

  • Flower Petal Number

    Single

  • Repeat Bloomer

    No

  • Showy Fruit

    Yes

  • Edible Fruit

    Yes

  • Showy Foliage

    Yes

  • Foliage Texture

    Medium

  • Foliage Sheen

    Matte

  • Evergreen

    No

  • Showy Bark

    No

Special Characteristics

  • Bark Texture

    Smooth

  • Usage

    Bog Garden, Edible, Feature Plant, Foundation, Fruit / Fruit Tree, Mixed Border, Screening / Wind Break, Shade Trees

  • Sharp or Has Thorns

    No

  • Invasive

    No

  • Attracts

    Birds

  • Self-Sowing

    Yes