Inland shadbush is related to serviceberry and offers similar ornamental features (white flowers, small red berries, excellent fall color). This species may be difficult to find in nurseries.
This species is native to the Chicago region according to Swink and Wilhelm's Plants of the Chicago Region, with updates made according to current research.
- Deciduous (seasonally loses leaves)
- Chicago area,
- North America
- Residential and parks,
- Wide median,
- Under utility lines
- Small tree (15-25 feet),
- Compact tree (10-15 feet)
- Full sun (6 hrs direct light daily),
- Partial sun/shade (4-6 hrs light daily)
- Zone 2,
- Zone 3,
- Zone 4,
- Zone 5 (Chicago),
- Zone 6
- Moist, well-drained soil
- May be difficult to find in nurseries
- Spring blossoms,
- Fall color,
- Edible fruit,
- Fragrant flowers,
- Showy flowers,
- Attractive bark
- Early spring,
- Mid spring,
- Mid summer,
- Late summer,
- Early fall,
- Mid fall
- Insect pollinators,
- Small mammals
Tree & Plant Care
Best on well-drained soils.
Disease, pests, and problems
No serious problems.
Disease, pest, and problem resistance
Tolerant of black walnut toxicity.
Native geographic location and habitat
Bark color and texture
Bark is smooth and gray. Plant is often mulit-trunked.
Leaf or needle arrangement, size, shape, and texture
Simple and alternate. Oval leaves are green in summer. Fall color varies from yellow to orange to red.
Flower arrangement, shape, and size
Fragrant white flowers in May; held on loose clusters.
Fruit, cone, nut, and seed descriptions
Small, red, berry-like fruit (pome) is edible.