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.
All Common Names:
Tree or Plant Type:
- North America
- Medium shrub (5-8 feet),
- Small shrub (3-5 feet)
- Full sun (6 hrs direct light daily),
- Partial sun/shade (4-6 hrs light daily)
- Zone 4,
- Zone 5 (Chicago),
- Zone 6,
- Zone 7,
- Zone 8
- Alkaline soil,
- Moist, well-drained soil
- Alkaline soil,
- Clay soil
Season of Interest:
- Early spring,
- Mid spring,
- Early summer,
- Early fall,
- Mid fall
Flower Color & Fragrance:
Shape or Form:
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.