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Audubon® Shadblow Serviceberry
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The moment that Canadian Serviceberry’s fruits are ripe, you’ll know it—songbirds will appear in your yard like magic, and they’ll get right to work picking your tree clean. They can’t resist those juicy, blue-black morsels! Mockingbirds, catbirds, robins, and Cedar Waxwings are the top consumers, but many, many species will take advantage of this delicious and nutritious food source. You may want to plant a whole grove of trees so that everyone can get their share. Everyone—that means you, too! The juicy berries are tasty to humans as well. Use them like blueberries in recipes, or just eat them fresh.
May Benefit & Attract: Mockingbirds & thrashers, thrushes, and waxwings.
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New! Introducing our bird-friendly collection of Audubon® Native Plants & Trees
- Better for Birds, 100% Neonic-Free
- Not Available in non-native regions, states or counties (see Native Regions map)
Bower & Branch is proud to grow Audubon® Native Plants for Birds in partnership with the National Audubon Society to help birds and other wildlife thrive.
- The National Audubon Society protects birds and the places they need, today and tomorrow
- This bird-friendly native plant provides food and shelter for local and migrating birds and other wildlife
- Your purchase and planting of this native flora directly supports Audubon’s conservation mission and impact
- Learn how you can help birds in your home and community through Audubon’s Plants for Birds program
- Audubon Native Plants & Trees are free of neonicotinoids and exclusively grown by Bower & Branch
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Size AA (2-3' tall) container grown
- Hardiness Zone: 4-8
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Serviceberry may not be a household word, but it should be! These delightful trees and shrubs are found in every state of the Union except for Hawaii. “Canadian” Serviceberry is a bit misleading in its name, because this plant’s native range extends all the way down to our southernmost states. Primarily a coastal species, it’s found from Newfoundland to Mississippi. In the wild, Canadian Serviceberry favors boggy areas, though it doesn’t require constantly wet soil in the landscape. Plants assume a V-shape and typically have several trunks.
Scrumptious fruit is not the only thing that Canadian Serviceberry has to offer. In early spring, sparkling white flowers attract pollinators; in autumn, foliage turns shades of gold and orange.
How to Grow
Fall color on the Canadian Serviceberry will be most intense in full sun, but the foliage quality will be best if the tree receives some shade during the hottest part of the day. The soil should be enriched with organic matter. A generous layer of wood chips or shredded bark mulch will help to hold in moisture and moderate temperatures in the root zone. Irrigate regularly and feed with Elements™ Fertilizer to get your tree off to a good start. Keep trimmers and other lawn equipment away from the trunk, as the bark of Canadian Serviceberry—like all Serviceberries—is thin and vulnerable to damage.
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