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City of Beaverton's Native Plant of the Month
Brought to you by the City of Beaverton Landscape and Urban Forestry Crew

Why Go Native?

Arbor Day Pat with Kids
  Arborist Pat Hoff teaches about Native Trees
Native plants and trees need less water and chemicals than non-native species, are more resistant to pests and diseases, and also attract birds, butterflies and other beneficial wildlife to your yard.  Simultaneously, they also reduce erosion and protect water quality.  Help keep our rivers clean and watershed healthy by planting a native on your property. The City’s commitment to bringing native species to Beaverton has been growing over many years.  To continue promoting native species, the City's Public Works department will highlight a native plant each month for home and business owners to consider when working outdoors.  Keep in mind; it is the home and business owners’ responsibility to maintain street trees located within the right-of-way adjacent to their properties.

Beaverton's Native Plant of the Month: Western Serviceberry 
Western Serviceberry
Common Name: Western serviceberry, Juneberry, Saskatoon serviceberry

Binomial Name: Amelanchier alnifolia 
Soil Type: Moist to rather dry
Sunlight: Full sun or partial shade
Plant Type: large shrub or small tree
Foliage: Deciduous

 Western Serviceberry flowers


Commonly found in forest understories this large shrub can grow up to 26 feet tall and about half as wide. In the mid-spring to early summer this native plant will bloom a white flower with narrow petals, these flowers are then followed by a purple berry like fruit. The berry has a very musty flavor and is sometimes used to make pies and jams. Birds are attracted to the berries on this plant and make a great addition to any native garden.

This Native Plant of the Month has been brought to you by the City of Beaverton’s Landscape and Urban Forestry Department.  Visit Clean Water Service’s Native Plant Finder for interactive questions to help you find the right native plant to fit your needs! Past Native plants of the month: