This Service Berry, Amelanchier alnifolia,
is a very slow-growing, deciduous shrub to 10', with edible blue
berries 1/4" across. This good wildlife plant ranges from North Dakota
to southern California, is an attractive bush with an abundance of 1"
white flowers, and the fruits look something like a blueberry. The fruit
of this plant was important as a food source for the native American
tribes that lived within its range. Looks and tastes like a
This bush is dramatic in the wild. In your garden it wants part shade
and regular moisture, not watering as much as a moist spot. That shady
alcove that your neighbor's overwatering makes against the back
retaining wall. Service Berry sure looks nicer than that ugly wall and
the moss looks good with a Service Berry. If you have a north wall or
north slope this bush can be pruned into a little tree and can create a
miniature theme park.
Mix with a few Heuchera micrantha,
Aquilegia formosa,and Aquilegia pubescens, Boykinia occidentalis and Satureja douglasii
This Amelanchier has been
called, Aronia alnifolia, Amelanchier canadensis pumila, A. glabra, A.
cusickii, A. polycarpa, A. bakeri, A. basalticola, A. elliptica, A.
mormonica, A. goldmanii, A. florida. Don't be too impressed if someone
has named a plant, seems everyone has.
Communities for Amelanchier alnifolia:Mixed-evergreen Forest, Southern Oak Woodland and Yellow Pine Forest.