A shrub, loved by gardeners for its bronze foliage and abundant flowering.
Common name : Shadbush
Scientific name : Amelanchier spp.
Family : Rosaceae
Category : Shrubs
Type of plant : Perennial
The shadbush combines several advantages : an ornamental foliage that changes over the season, from a coppery green to full green to red, an abundant white bloom, and finally fruits that are edible once cooked.
Most species prefer - with the exception of A. asiatica - an acidic soil to grow, otherwise they will be more vulnerable to drought. Depending on the species, these shrubs can reach between three and ten meters, with a port varying between erected and spread.
Sowing & planting
300 - 1200
5 - 7
Plant my shadbush
Plant the serviceberry preferably in fresh, neutral, well-drained soil, in the sun or even in partial shade.
Planting bare roots is only done in winter where as you can plant trees with a root ball and those in a container until spring. With bare roots, carry out a treatment (shorten the roots and soak them in a mixture of soil and compost). Plant in a hole that is about 20 cm bigger than the root ball, gradually put the crumbled earth back by regularly tamping down around the roots.
Plant every 20 cm in hedge.
Water after planting with at least 30 liters of water that you will pour into a basin formed around the trunk. A tilted stake planted in the hole will be useful against strong winds as long as you don't forget to remove it after 2 year, and that you use a supple attachment.
Water my shadbush
Water especially the first month, if you have planted in the spring.
Then, the only risk for your serviceberry is in case of drought, in limestone soil. In this case if you notice a drying of the leaves, water it every two weeks, in abundance.
Prune my shadbush
The trimming of the saskatoon berry must remain simple: remove the branches that get entangled, that cross, and those that have dried.
Trim preferably in March.
Check on my shadbush
Saskatoon berries, like other Rosaceae, are subject to fire blight. To prevent infestation, a good solution is to spray in March-April an horsetail manure - one kilo of leaf per 10 liters of rainwater.