The Bilberry (Amelanchier canadensis) is a flowering deciduous shrub in the Rosaceae family. It is also known as the Canadian Serviceberry, Chuckle-berry, Currant-tree, Juneberry, Shadbush, or Sugarplum.
It is native to North America.
It grows to 1-8 metres (2-26 feet) tall.
The ovate leaves are 1-6 centimetres (0.5-2 inches) long and 2-3 centimetres (about 1 inch) wide with serrated margins.
The fruit is a small pome which is dark-purple when ripe in June and July in the Northern Hemisphere.
The small flowers are loose racemes 4-6 centimetres (1.5-2.5 inches) long at the end of the branches. Each raceme has 4-10 flowers with five white petals.
The Bilberry blooms in early spring.
Photographed in the Cartier Foundation Garden, Paris, June 2023.
Photographer: Martina Nicolls