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Campus Gardens

Amelancher Canadensis
Service berry
Family: Rosaceae

Service berry is a large deciduous shrub or small tree, multi-stemmed growing from 6' to 20'tall. Leaves are oblong, ranging from 1.5"- 2.5" long and about 1".wide. The leaf has a dark-green wooly surface. Autumn foliage turns reddish orange to gold and leaves fall quickly and early. White flowers bloom in late March, being one of the earliest flowering trees on campus. The edible fruit is red and changes to black when fully mature. The bark of the tree is silver with characteristic horizontal marks and has reddish purple conical shaped buds. This is a specimen tree and is also planted for bark effect, small grouping and its small white flowers. Service berry has a very full upward branch system, creating a striking architectural effect in a garden. It is native from Maine to the Carolinas. It grows naturally in bogs and swamps, and the upland edge of local salt marshes. It's hardy in Zone 3. Service berry can be found outside the Admissions Building and next to the steps along the side of the Administration parking area.

-Beth Enko

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