Very hardy spring-flowering compact prolific shrub with sweet purple-magenta edible berries. Beautiful fragrant 5-petaled white flowers are early harbingers of spring in Maine. Berries, ripe mid-July in central Maine, are good in pies, cobblers, jellies, jams, smoothies and cakes. Berries are about the size of a lowbush blueberry, or a bit larger, and seedier.
Popular with wildlife. Nice red-orange fall color. Thrives along stream beds as well as on rocky slopes. Tolerates partial shade, salt, pollution and wet spots but not standing water, yet would appreciate well-drained fertile soil and full sun. Foliage somewhat susceptible to leaf spot or rust but this doesn’t affect the fruit.
Considered to be self-fruitful but we recommend planting with other Amelanchiers to ensure pollination. Native to northwestern North America. Taxonomy of Amelanchiers are a point of confusion in the nursery trade where common names and even botanical names are used interchangeably. Furthermore, these plants easily hybridize with each other in nature. Z2. (1-3' bare-root plants)
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