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Amelanchier canadensis which is also known as Canadian serviceberry, currant-tree is a species of Amelanchier.

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Amelanchier canadensis which is also known as Canadian serviceberry, currant-tree, June berry, Shadblow Serviceberry, Shadblow, Shadbush, Shadbush Serviceberry, Sugarplum, Thicket Serviceberry is a species of Amelanchier.
This plant is native to eastern North America in Canada from Newfoundland west to southern Ontario, and in the United States from Maine south to Alabama.

These plants grow in altitudes of above 200m sea level. This is a deciduous shrub that can grow up to a height of 0.5–8 meters. The leaves are alternate and ovate to about 1–5.5 cm in length and 1.8–2.8 cm breadth. The flowers are in loose racemes that are 4-6cm long. Each raceme has about 4-10 flowers. The flowers are white in color and the petals are 7.6–11 mm long and 2-4mm broad.

This plant is used as an ornamental plant as well as a medicinal plant. This plant can be grown as a bonsai plant too and hence making it a best as an ornamental plant. This plant does not attract humming birds or nectar loving birds.

Growing/Caring conditions of Amelanchier Canadensis:
– This plant needs hardy zones of four.
– This plant needs neutral to acid soil.
– This plant need well drained soil.
– The soil around the plant should not be too dry.
– It needs full sun to partial shade.
– Sow the seed from autumn to spring.
– The plant needs full sun to partial shade.
– Before sowing the seeds, fill the pots with potting soil.
– The seed should be sown about 1/4 inch deep.
– Keep the soil moist but not very wet.
– Once the frost is passed, transplant the seedlings.
– Check if the roots are fully covered and in tact.
– Mulch the plant for well draining capacity and to keep the weeds away.
– Feed the plant with fertilizer for good growth.
– A Typical mix of: 3 parts Nitrogen (N), 2 parts Phosphorous (P) and 3 parts Potassium (K for Latin name Kalium) is preferred.
– This plant needs bit of a cold spell with temperatures below 15 Fahrenheit for best growth.

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