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Amelanchier obovalis (Michx.) Ashe
Coastal juneberry, Coastal service-berry, Coastal serviceberry, Shadbush
USDA Symbol: AMOB2
USDA Native Status: L48 (N)
A colony-forming shrub, 1-5 ft. tall, with white flowers in dense, spikes blooming before the leaves are out. The ensuing fruit are dark-blue to purple.
Plant CharacteristicsDuration: Perennial Habit: Shrub Leaf:
Dark Green Flower:
Fruit: Size Class:
Bloom InformationBloom Color: White
Bloom Time: Mar , Apr , May
, VA Native Distribution:
to SC Native Habitat:
Dry, open woods; pine barrens
Growing ConditionsWater Use: Medium
Light Requirement: Part Shade
Soil Moisture: Dry
CaCO3 Tolerance: Low
Soil Description: Dry, sandy soils.
Conditions Comments: Not Available
BenefitUse Wildlife: A food plant for birds and small mammals.
Conspicuous Flowers: yes
This species can be rooted from early spring hardwood cuttings or softwood cutting taken in the summer. Sow untreated seeds in fall or cold-stratified seed in spring. Seed Collection:
Collect fruits as soon as they ripen (if you can beat the birds) and clean seeds immediately to prevent fermentation. Fertile seeds are dark brown with a leathery seed coat. Seed extraction is usually by macerating the fruit
and washing them over screens. Air dry and store in sealed, refrigerated containers for up to five years. Seed Treatment:
Cold-moist stratification for 90-120 days. Commercially Avail:
From the National Organizations Directory
According to the species list provided by Affiliate Organizations, this plant is either on display or available from the following:
- Johnstown, PAMt. Cuba Center
- Hockessin, DE
Record Last Modified: 2007-01-01
Research By: TWC Staff