CANADIAN SERVICEBERRY BILBERRY Amelanchier canadensis
Amelanchier canadensis is also know as bilberry, Canadian serviceberry, chuckle-berry, currant-tree, juneberry, shad-blow serviceberry, shad-blow, shadbush, shadbush serviceberry, sugarplum, thicket serviceberry. It is native to Canada and the United States.
It is a deciduous shrub or small tree growing to 0.5–8 m tall. The flowers are produced in early spring, and has five white petals 7.6–11 mm long and 2–4 mm broad, and 20 stamens. The fruit is a pome, 7–10 mm diameter, dark purple when ripe.
It is used as an ornamental plant, and it is sometimes made into bonsai.
Hardiness zones: 3-8
Height: 15' – 20' (4.5m – 6m)
Location: Full sun to part shade
Seeds per pack: 5
Germination: The seeds need to be stratified by planting, watering, and then cold storage for about 4-6 weeks at 35–45 °F (2–7 °C). A fridge is useful. Once the cold period is completed, place the container at room temperature for them to germinate. Be sure to keep the soil moist during this entire germination period.