Sep. 2, 2021

low serviceberry, Amelanchier spicata

Low serviceberry is a colonial shrub that spreads by roots. So here we go with another invasive, but not here. This North American native was introduced into Denmark in the very early 1800s, and into other northwestern European countries soon after that. It is now established in a swath from Britain to Russia. There was an attempt to establish low serviceberry in Russian forests in the 1950s. where it was thought that the fruit would be useful for people and wildlife. Low serviceberry is now invasive in the countries around the Baltic Sea. Here its range depends on classification. Opinions are divided on the western limit of these species, and the eastern limits of the very similar A. alnifolia. USDA says the range includes AL, CT, GA, IA, IL, IN, KY, MA, MD, ME, MI, MN, MO, NC, ND, NH, NJ, NY, OH, PA, RI, SC, SD, TN, VA, VT, WI, WV, NB, NF, NS, ON, PE, and QC. Jackson Co MI, 4/12/12. Rose family, Rosaceae.