Native Shrubs Part 1
Many of my clients want to know about the best shrubs to plant so I thought featuring them in a few blog posts would be very helpful. Here are some of my favorites.
Downy Serviceberry (Amelanchier arborea)
Grows from 10 to 25 feet high with a spread of 12 feet. A deciduous tree that prefers rich loamy soil but will grow well in clay or any soil that has moderate moisture. White showy flowers bloom in early to mid spring and are followed by dark red to purple edible berries.
The trees are used as ornamentals and many cultivars have been selected for variation in growth habit,flower size and color, and leaf color. The fall foliageblends orange and gold with red and green. It grows in partial shade to full sun, preferring moist but well-drained soil but will also grow in dry sites.
Shadblow Serviceberry (Amelanchier canadensis)
Grows from 25 to 30 feet high with a spread of 15 to 20 feet. Grows best in medium wet, well-drained soil but will tolerate a wide range. Prefers partial shade to full sun. Clusters of white flowers are followed by edible red/purple berries in late summer.
Black Chokeberry (Aronia melancarpa)
Can grow up to 8 feet high with a spread of 8 feet. Grows best in moist, well-drained, acidic soils but will tolerate drier sandy soils or wet clayey ones. Particularly good for soil stabilization. Prefers full to partial sun. White flowers bloom in the spring with black berries appearing in the fall and lasting through the winter.