Amelanchier laevis (Allegheny juneberry) is a medium sized shrub or small tree blooming in very early spring. Its white flowers bloom and fade before its leaves come out, providing early season nectar to short-tongued bees and other early pollinators.
Allegheny juneberry thrives in partial shade to full sun, in our case in the somewhat shady “Bird Border” planting along Columbus Dr. This shrub is a good fit for this area because its size fits below the canopy of the black locust trees and above most of the other shrubs in that zone. Like the other plants in the bird border, Allegheny juneberry provides food for birds in the form of delicious, blueberry like fruits that cover the bush in June.
|Botanical Name||Amelanchier laevis|
|Common Name||Allegheny juneberry|
|USDA Zone||4 thru 8|
|Light Requirement||Full Sun to Part Shade|
|Season(s) of interest||spring, summer, fall, winter|
|Height and Spread||15-40ft x 15-40 ft (4.5-12m x 4.5-12m)|
|Attracts Wildlife||Provides Food for Birds, Hosts Caterpillars of Butterflies/Moths, Attracts Pollinators,|
|Additional Information||Native to Chicago Region.|
|Location in Lurie Garden||Bird Border – Columbus|