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Amelanchier (Shadbush genus)

Life > eukaryotes > Archaeoplastida > Chloroplastida > Charophyta > Streptophytina > Plantae (land plants) > Tracheophyta (vascular plants) > Euphyllophyta > Lignophyta (woody plants) > Spermatophyta (seed plants) > Angiospermae (flowering plants) > Eudicotyledons > Core Eudicots > Rosids > Eurosid I > Order: Rosales > Family: Rosaceae

About 20 species, native to north temperate regions; four species are cultivated in southern Africa.

Species cultivated in southern Africa

List from Glen (2002).

Amelanchier canadensis (Canadian shadbush, Eastern shadbush)

Native to eastern Canada and USA. See Wikipedia page on this species.


Amelanchier laevis (Shadbush)

Native to central USA.


Amelanchier lamarckii

Native to eastern Canada.


Amelanchier ovalis (Snowy mespilus, Service-berry)

Native to central and southern Europe.




  • Glen, H.F. 2002. Cultivated Plants of Southern Africa. Jacana, Johannesburg.