AKA, saskatoons, shadbush, serviceberry, sarvisberry, chuckleberry, and more, the genus, Amelanchier contains several species that bear abundant crops of blueberry-like berries with a delicious almond aftertaste. Pies, etc, are amazing! American Indians (especially Northern Plains Indians) used juneberries to make pemmican.
Unlike blueberries, the juneberry plant is not finicky about soil pH and is quite drought tolerant. When full-grown, they’re attractive bushes, about 8-12 tall and capable of making a hedge. In spring they bloom profusely and beautifully, and in fall they put on a colorful show! A perfect plant for “edible landscaping.”
SPACING. Spacing on the juneberries depends on whether you want them as a hedge or individual plants. If hedge, then plant about 3 ft apart and allow all the root sprouts to grow in-between the initial trees. These hedges will be between 8-12′ tall. If you want taller plants, plant further apart (really up to you, but let’s say 6-12′ apart) and remove the root sprouts as they come up. Grown this way, the juneberries will be more like 12-15′ tall. In either case, as the years go by, you can prune down to the height you prefer without hurting the plant.