A showy large shrub or small multi-stemmed tree, noted for its tasty fruit, spring flowers and fall color. A multi-faceted plant in the landscape. Bears edible fruit as well as offering many desirable ornamental features. Use as an edible hedge, in mass plantings, bird gardens and natural landscaping.
- Produces abundant white flowers in early spring and stunning fall color display.
- Sweet edible blue to dark purple berries
- Often grown for fruit production.
- Fruit can be eaten fresh or used in preserves and pies.
- Is cultivated for its fruit in the upper mid-west and Canada. There are several named cultivars.
- Berries are relished by many song birds in early summer.
- Mass plantings and twiggy habit provide important nesting and resting cover for birds.
- Zone 3 to 5
- Grows 6 to10 ft Tall x 6 to 8 ft Wide.
- Slow growing 6 to 10” per year. Will begin to produce fruit in the 2nd or third year.
- Adaptable to pH, fertility and heavy clay soils.
- Very cold tolerant.
- Native throughout southern Canada and the northern states from the mid-west to the west coast.