|Amelanchiers in full bloom in May|
|Blossoms cover these plants in May|
|Amelanchier grandiflora 'Princess Diana' in full bloom|
|Amelanchier canadensis on the left and Amelanchier grandiflora 'Autumn Brilliance' on the right|
|Amelanchier arborea - the most tree-like of the Amelanchiers|
Amelanchiers are commonly called Juneberries ('cause their fruit ripens in June), Serviceberries and Saskatoons. As noted above, birds go crazy for the fruit.
Amelanchiers are most often grown for its sweet fruit that is relished by birds. Over 42 species of birds eat the fruit! The fruit is also good for eating out of hand and for jellies. Native Americans used Amelanchier fruit in making Pemican, a staple of their diet.
Amelanchiers are very winter hardy and easy to grow in average garden soil from Zone 3/4 to 8. Most aren't bothered by disease and insects. And, they're native to North America!
They're also very showy in the fall with orange to red foliage.
We offer a wonderful shrub version of Amelanchier canadensis, called 'Regent'. See our Web site for information about this variety.
Here's a video of the Amelanchiers in bloom. Enjoy!