• Amelanchier humilis

    Low serviceberry

Amelanchier humilis

Low serviceberry description:

Amelanchier humilis, commonly known as Low Serviceberry, is a deciduous shrub that belongs to the Rosaceae family. It is native to North America and can be found growing in a variety of habitats, from rocky outcrops to moist meadows.

The shrub typically grows to a height of 3-6 feet and has a spread of 4-6 feet. Its leaves are oval-shaped, around 1-2 inches long, and have a serrated edge. In the spring, Amelanchier humilis produces clusters of white or pinkish flowers that are around 1 inch in diameter. The flowers give way to small, dark purple berries that are edible and have a sweet flavor. These berries are a popular food source for birds and other wildlife.

Amelanchier humilis is a hardy plant that is adaptable to a range of soil types and growing conditions. It prefers well-draining soil and full sun to partial shade. It is also resistant to pests and diseases, making it a low-maintenance plant for gardens and natural areas.

Overall, Amelanchier humilis is a beautiful and versatile shrub that is an excellent addition to any landscape. Its attractive foliage, spring blooms, and edible fruit make it a popular choice among gardeners and wildlife enthusiasts alike.

Native Range:

Amelanchier humilis' range includes most of Canada, from British Columbia in the west to Newfoundland and Labrador in the east, as well as the Northern United States, This includes states such as North Dakota, Minnesota, Michigan, and New York

Standard Plant Information:

Plant Height: 3-6'

Bloom time: April - May

Preferred Habitat: prefers well-draining soils and full sun to partial shade. Often found growing in open woods, along the edges of forests, and in disturbed areas such as roadways and clearcuts. It is also commonly found in riparian areas and along stream banks.


Planting a tree/shrub seedling or small potted tree/shrub properly is important to ensure its healthy growth and development. Here are the steps you can follow to plant a tree:

  1. Choose the right spot: Select a spot with adequate sunlight, water, and soil drainage. Make sure the tree has enough space to grow to its full size without interfering with other plants, structures, or utility lines.

  2. Prepare the soil: Dig a hole that is twice as wide and slightly shallower than the root ball of the seedling. Remove weeds or debris from the area. Loosen the soil around the edges of the hole to help the roots grow more easily.

  3. Plant the seedling: Place the seedling in the hole, making sure the top of the root ball is level with the ground surface. Gently spread out the roots and fill in the hole with soil, tamping it down lightly as you go.

  4. Water the seedling: Water the tree/shrub deeply and thoroughly after planting, making sure the soil is evenly moist. This will help settle the soil around the roots and eliminate any air pockets.

  5. Monitor the growth: Keep an eye on the seedling to make sure it is getting enough water and sunlight, and that it is not being attacked by pests or diseases. Prune any damaged or dead branches as necessary, and provide support if needed.

By following these steps, you can help ensure the healthy growth and development of your newly planted tree/shrub seedling.

maps used with permission from MN Wildflowers

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