Amelanchier stolonifera / Running Serviceberry


This rare species is a short-statured Juneberry native to sunny edges and glades on thin soil, in bedrock cracks in ridgelines, and other fairly non-competitive environments. It tends to run laterally on short stolons, becoming a multi-stemmed shrub over time. It will need protection from deer, and also relief from tall competitive and weedy plants.

Flowers are a bit smaller than the common Juneberry species, but the fruit is still tasty. Also known as Amelanchier spicata.

Host plant for Red Spotted Purple and Striped Hairstreak, and others. See below.

Height: 1-4′  Blooms: April

Habitat: Dry to average, sun to part sun

Deer Resistance: Low

Provenance: NJ


BONAP 2022 Amelanchier spicata Native Range Map

Larval Host Plant (butterflies):
Red Spotted Purple
Striped Hairstreak

Larval Host Plant (moths):
Blinded Sphinx
Canadian Melanolophia
Common Lytrosis
Dotted Gray
Fringed Looper
Hummingbird Clearwing
Impressive Dagger
Linden Looper
One-Spotted Variant
Radcliffe’s Dagger
Red-humped Caterpillar
Small-eyed Sphinx
The Bruce Spanworm
Tufted Thyatirid
White-dotted Prominent

Additional information


Two Quart