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Serviceberry Question

Posted by pmsmith2032 5b Suburbs of Chicag (My Page) on
Mon, May 6, 13 at 11:12

I have a question concerning my serviceberry....in the past I had tried to groom it as a tree but now understand it is a shrub. That being said, there are a lot of "sprouts" coming up around it this spring. Do I just let all of these grow? Thanks!

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RE: Serviceberry Question

Totally up to you whether or not to leave them!
I do have a Shadblow I have managed to train as a tree but it has taken me five years of judicious pruning to do it.


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RE: Serviceberry Question

Thanks cearhaill. This is an Alnifolia Serviceberry. Previously I had pruned these new starts but the shrub has never really grew much. Recently I had someone tell me that by pruning the new shoots I was hindering its growth by not allowing it to grow as it wanted. Is that true?


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RE: Serviceberry Question

Step away from the plant. I think you turned your Amelanchier alnifolia into a stolonifera. Your pruning could spur suckering, so give it a couple of years before applying anymore shears.

tj


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RE: Serviceberry Question

Thanks for the advice! I will take a "wait and see" approach.


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