If you like birds, try this plant: Western Serviceberry

If you like birds, try this plant: Western Serviceberry



  • Common Names: Western serviceberry, Juneberry, Saskatoon serviceberry
  • Binomial Name: Amelanchier alnifolia
  • Soil Type: Moist to rather dry
  • Sunlight: Full sun or partial shade
  • Plant Type: large shrub or small tree
  • Foliage: Deciduous

Commonly found in forest understories this large shrub can grow up to 26 feet tall and about half as wide. In the mid-spring to early summer this native plant will bloom a white flower with narrow petals, these flowers are then followed by a purple berry like fruit.

The berry has a very musty flavor and is sometimes used to make pies and jams. Birds are attracted to the berries on this plant and make a great addition to any native garden.


This Native Plant of the Month is brought to you by the City of Beaverton’s Landscape and Urban Forestry Department. Visit Clean Water Service’s Native Plant Finder webpage for interactive questions to help you find the right native plant to fit your needs!