Amelanchier obovalis (Michx.) Ashe
Coastal juneberry, Coastal service-berry, Coastal serviceberry, Shadbush
Rosaceae (Rose Family)
USDA Symbol: amob2
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Plant CharacteristicsDuration: Perennial
Leaf: Dark Green
Size Class: 3-6 ft.
Bloom InformationBloom Color: White
Bloom Time: Mar , Apr , May
DistributionUSA: AL , DE , GA , MA , MD , NC , NJ , PA , SC , VA
Native Distribution: E. PA 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
Value to Beneficial InsectsSpecial Value to Native Bees
This information was provided by the Pollinator Program at The Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation.
PropagationDescription: 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: yes
From the National Organizations DirectoryAccording to the species list provided by Affiliate Organizations, this plant is on display at the following locations:
Natural Biodiversity - Johnstown, PA
Mt. Cuba Center - Hockessin, DE
Additional resourcesUSDA: Find Amelanchier obovalis in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Amelanchier obovalis in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Amelanchier obovalis
MetadataRecord Modified: 2007-01-01
Research By: TWC Staff