The following Participating Institutions are custodians for this species in the CPC National Collection:
The Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University
New England Wild Flower Society
The conservation of Amelanchier nantucketensis is fully sponsored.
Irina Kadis contributed to this Plant Profile.
Amelanchier nantucketensis, an endemic of the Atlantic Coast, has a very restricted distribution area (Crow 1985). This species is a low growing, slender shrub that forms large, dense colonies or small clumps by way of producing underground stolons (Seymour 1989). It can be found in sunny, sandy areas, and produces cream-colored flowers in May and early June. Small, dark-blue berries appear in July and August. The Arnold Arboretum is cultivating this species as part of the Center for Plant Conservation's National Collection of rare and endangered plants.
Distribution & Occurrence
- New Jersey
- New York
This is a coastal plain plant of sunny, dry habitats on sandy soil, such as pine barrens, plain grasslands, dry moors. Responding positively to periodic disturbance, such as fire, cutting, or grazing, it thrives in such habitats as abandoned old fields, roadsides, pond edges (Dibble and Cambell 1995).
|On Nantucket and Martha's Vineyard, 38 populations have been vouchered and 6 others were historically reported. Two populations are known from on Long Island, New York. (MANHP 2002)|
Conservation, Ecology & Research
The Arnold Arboretum has studied propagation techniques for the species:
Propagation from seed: Fruits should be picked from the plants immediately on ripening, clean seed, 3-months cold stratification.
Propagation by softwood cuttings: in June-July in 50/50 sand-perlite mix under mist, treated by 5,000 ppm K-IBA.
Dirr, M.A.; Heuser, C.W. 1987. The Reference Manual of Woody Plant Propagation. Athens, GA: Varsity Press, Inc.