Western Serviceberry has sweet & nutty berries

Western Serviceberry has sweet & nutty berries
  • Binomial Name: Amelanchier Alnifolia
  • Soil Type: Adaptable to Most
  • Sunlight: Large Amount Needed for Fruit
  • Form/Growth: Suckering/Clumping Colonies
  • Plant Type: Shrub or Small Tree
  • Foliage: Deciduous
  • Flowering: Yes

 

Historically called “pigeon berry,” the Western Serviceberry is a beautiful native that can be grown as a shrub or into a small tree, typically reaching about 4 – 26 feet high.  Rather than having one main trunk (or leader), these tend to grow multiple suckers that can clump and form colonies.  The leaves are green, oval (often almost circular), grow up to 5 cm and usually have small teeth along their edges.  Blooming in spring, the flowers are white with 5 petals.

The fruit, resembling blueberries, are called pomes and ripen in early summer.  Western Serviceberry pomes have a sweet, nutty taste, and each plant can produce fruit for 30 or more years.

 

This Native Plant of the Month has been brought to you by the City of Beaverton’s Landscape and Urban Forestry Department.