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Running serviceberry

Running serviceberry in flower.

Running serviceberry is a small, 4- to 6-foot-high suckering shrub with white flowers and dark blue edible fruits. Native to the northeastern United States into Ontario. May be difficult to find in the nursery trade.

Botanical name:

Amelanchier stolonifera

All common names:

Running serviceberry, running juneberry

Family (English):


Family (Botanic):


Tree or Plant Type:

  • Shrub

Native Locale:

  • North America

Landscape Uses:

  • Massing,
  • Specimen

Size Range:

  • Medium shrub (5-8 feet),
  • Small shrub (3-5 feet)

Light Exposure:

  • Full sun (6 hrs direct light daily),
  • Partial sun/shade (4-6 hrs light daily)

Hardiness Zones:

  • Zone 4,
  • Zone 5 (Chicago),
  • Zone 6,
  • Zone 7,
  • Zone 8

Soil Preference:

  • Alkaline soil,
  • Moist, well-drained soil


  • Alkaline soil,
  • Clay soil

Seasons of Interest:

  • early spring,
  • mid spring,
  • early summer,
  • early fall,
  • mid fall

Flower Color & Fragrance:

  • White

Shape or Form:

  • Multi-stemmed,
  • Thicket-forming,
  • Upright

Growth Rate:

  • Slow

More Information:

Tree & Plant Care

Easily grown in average, medium, well-drained soil in full sun to part shade.
Tolerant of a somewhat wide range of soils including sandy, loamy, and clay.

Disease, pests, and problems

Rust, leaf spot, fire blight and powdery mildew are occasional disease problems.  Leaf miner and scale are occasional insect pests.

Native geographic location and habitat

Newfoundland to VA, MN, Ontario

Attracts birds & buterflies

Fruits attract many song birds

Bark color and texture 

Medium gray to tan

Leaf or needle arrangement, size, shape, and texture

Alternate; finely toothed, oval to almost circular, medium to dark green leaves ,1-3 inches long, with smooth margins.
Blue-green color changes to variable shades of yellow, orange and red in autumn.

Flower arrangement, shape, and size

 Showy, white flowers drooping clusters appear before the leaves emerge in early spring.

Fruit, cone, nut, and seed descriptions

Small, round, green berries mature to a dark purplish-black in summer. Edible berries are often used in pies. 


Location of Amelanchier stolonifera (Running serviceberry) at the Arboretum