Easily grown in average, medium, well-drained soil in full sun to part shade. Tolerant of a somewhat wide range of soils.
Running serviceberry is a deciduous, early-flowering, stoloniferous shrub which typically suckers and spreads to form thickets. It usually grows to only 3-5' tall and features 5-petaled, showy, white flowers in drooping clusters which appear before the leaves emerge in early spring. Finely toothed, oval to almost circular, medium to dark green leaves (1-3" long) lack teeth on lower edges and change to variable shades of yellow, orange and red in autumn. Flowers give way to small, round, green berries which mature to a dark purplish-black in summer. Edible berries resemble blueberries in size and color and are often used in pies. Amelanchiers are also commonly called Juneberries.
Rust, leaf spot, fire blight and powdery mildew are occasional disease problems and sawfly, leaf miner, borers, and scale are occasional insect pests.
Best in shrub borders, or in woodland, naturalized or native plant gardens. Also effective along stream banks and ponds. The plant's small size lends itself well to growing in rock gardens.