avoid invasive plants Scotch Broom Alternative: Shadbush (Amelanchier)
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Scotch Broom Alternative: Shadbush

(Amelanchier)

Why it's a standout: All you really need to know about this native is that it has a canopy of white flowers in spring, followed by berries you can eat (if birds don't beat you to them) and a grand finale of showy orange-red leaves. For the best fall foliage, try 'Autumn Brilliance.' At 15 to 25 feet tall and wide, this shrub requires some room but is easily pruned.
What it needs: Full sun to partial shade; average to moist, well-drained soil
Zones: 4 to 9
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