At Native Forest Nursery we grow bare root seedlings and #3 container trees. Our container trees are grown in a #3 air pruned pot. This root making container eliminates nearly all potential for root wrapping. This allows for an excellent root structure and delivers an extremely healthy tree. The bare root seedlings at our nursery are grown in a sandy loam soil with high organic matter content, which provides an extremely healthy environment for our seedlings. Our bare root liners and seedlings are hand lifted, packaged, and kept in cold storage until you are ready to plant. Conservation uses for our products include reclamation, mitigation, reforestation, restoration, wildlife habitat improvement and wetland uses. Horticultural uses for our products include field liners, container liners, landscape plantings, budding stock, grafting stock and ornamental uses.

Family: Rosaceae
Latin Name: Amelanchier laevis
Foliage: Dark green
Fall Foliage: Orange-red
Bloom: White
Bloom Time: April
Shape: Rounded to spreading
Bark: Silver-gray and smooth
Sun: Full sun to part shade
Zone: Zone 4 to Zone 8
Size: 15 to 40 feet
Spread: 15 to 40 feet
Care: Medium, well drained soil

Strong, supple, and sweet: there’s the essence of the Allegheny Serviceberry in three simple words. This deciduous member of the Rosaceae family can be cultivated as a small tree or a tall shrub, reaching an approximate height between 15-40 ft. with an analogous 15-40 ft. spread. With its smooth silvery bark and delicate structure, Amelanchier Laevis offers a lovely winter silhouette, its fine branches arching to create a broad, vase-shaped architecture. With a 4-8 hardiness zone rating, this plant tolerates medium, well-drained soils and flourishes in full sun to partial shade. Frequently found in uplands, it is native to eastern North America, ranging from Newfoundland to Georgia and extending westward to Minnesota and Alabama.

The Allegheny Serviceberry’s leaves are elliptic, rather ovate, and dark green, laterally veined with tiny toothed margins. The foliage takes on warm lustrous hues of fiery orange and bright crimson in the autumn, radiantly lighting up any garden or landscape. In April, a heavenly profusion of aromatic white blossoms festoon the tree’s pale branches, appearing in lazily drooping clusters. These are later replaced by the Allegheny Serviceberry’s sweet blueish-green to purplish-black poms, which are edible either raw or cooked. The tree’s bark is silvery-gray and patterned with pale vertical stripes, while its root system is close to the surface and places little demand on the soil.

As its name seems to imply, this type of serviceberry is indeed all about accommodating other members of its ecosystem. Apart from serving as a great food source, a valuable wildlife habitat, and a lovely ornamental specimen, the Allegheny Serviceberry’s wood is also valued—almost ironically, in light of its delicate-looking structure—as one of the heaviest in the United States. The tree’s bark also is cherished, having its place in folkloric medicine and once popularly used as an herbal drug for pregnant women.

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