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Serviceberry – Amelanchier

Amelanchier - Serviceberry

The Autumn Brilliance serviceberry is a popular ornamental tree or shrub prized for its year-round appeal. A cultivar of the Amelanchier genus, which encompasses serviceberries, shadblows, and juneberries, it’s native to eastern North America and has been widely cultivated for its attractive features. This versatile plant thrives in various settings, making it a valuable addition to home landscapes. It can be planted as a specimen tree, incorporated into borders, or even used in rain gardens, thanks to its moderate drought tolerance. Consider pairing it with complementary plants like butterfly bushes, hydrangeas, or rhododendrons for a cohesive and visually interesting landscape.

Height – 15′ – 25′

Width – 15′ – 20′

Light – Full sun to part shade.

Flowers – White, racemose blooms in early spring.

Fruit – Edible, purplish-blue berries ripening in early summer.

Fall color – Brilliant red-orange.

Watering – Moderate; drought tolerant when established.

Fertilizer – Light application in early spring.

Pruning – Prune in late winter to remove dead, diseased, or crossing branches.

Planting and Care

Planting your Autumn Brilliance in well-drained soil and providing it with adequate sunlight will ensure optimal growth and performance. While young trees require regular watering, established ones can tolerate moderate drought periods. A light application of fertilizer in early spring can be beneficial, but avoid overfertilizing as it can stimulate excessive growth and make the tree more susceptible to pests and diseases. Pruning should be done in late winter, focusing on removing dead, diseased, or crossing branches. With proper care, this tree will reward you with years of beauty and seasonal interest.

The berries produced by the Autumn Brilliance are edible and can be enjoyed fresh, baked into pies or jams, or used in winemaking. They are also a valuable food source for birds and other wildlife.

This tree is generally disease-resistant but can be susceptible to fireblight in certain conditions. Proper pruning and watering practices can help minimize the risk of infection.

The Autumn Brilliance is a valuable pollinator, attracting bees and other insects that help ensure the reproduction of other flowering plants in your garden.

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