Also known as Juneberry (due to its fruiting season in its Canadian home), and Shadbush. Hardy deciduous shrub or small tree to 6m, which may be single or multi-stemmed. Can grow in sun or part shade and tolerates most soil types. Prefers some moisture – we find it does well here in Hawke’s Bay in part shade on the south side of a hill. It is wind tolerant and can be used as part of a shelterbelt, though not in coastal areas.
Pale pink delicate blossoms are followed by edible berries in mid-Summer, dark red and approx. 10mm diameter. The fruit can be eaten raw or cooked; cooked it imparts a slight almond flavour. The fruit is rich in iron and copper. The tree also has medicinal uses – traditionally a tea was made from the root bark (mixed with other unspecified herbs) and used as a tonic in the treatment of excessive menstrual bleeding and also to treat diarrhoea. A bath of the bark tea was used on children with worms and an infusion of the root was used to prevent miscarriage after an injury. A compound concoction of the inner bark was used as a disinfectant wash. The wood is hard and strong and useful for making small tool handles. Amelanchiers can also be used as a dwarfing rootstock for apples and pears.
PB5 Approx height 80 – 110cm. Certified Organic Plant.