Amelanchier humilis

Common name: Low Shadblow

Native plant

Amelanchiers are know as midsize shrubs to small trees with lovely white, spring flowers and copious amounts of sweet friut. A. humilis is all of this but much smaller. Usually only reaching 3 feet with a tendincy to spread low along the ground, this small shrub can be quite the gem in high canopy shade to nearly full sun. Birds and pollintators do tend to visit with some frequency.  However, it requires careful consideration when it comes to soils. Sandy, gravelly loam, ravines and/or sharp drained, rich soils are a must for Illinois use. We would not recomend this plant to the casual collector away from the lake unless there are special circumstances that would suit the plant.


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Plant Details

Plant type


Soil type

Dry, Dry Mesic, Mesic (Not too Wet Not too Dry)

Light exposure

Full Sun, Partial Sun / Part Shade

Bloom period


Urban environment

Requires Protected Site


Floodplain, Woodlands

Growth form

Shrubby/Clump, Low branched, Rhizomatous/stoloniferous

Growth rate


Flower color


Fall color

Orange Red


Mature height
3 Feet
Mature width
3 Feet
Max height
4 Feet
Max width
4 Feet

Additional information

Loved by birds Pollinator hot spot Edible fruit

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