Serviceberry


Fall color of serviceberry


Introduction

The serviceberry is a delight for every season; from the budding of its graceful flowers in spring to its delicious berries in summer and impressive coloration in the fall, the serviceberry offers no end to its surprises.

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More detail: Serviceberry’s Tree of the Month.

Common Name
Serviceberry

Latin Name
Amelanchier

Leaf
Alternate, simple, ovate, finely serrate, green above and paler below, may be pubescent below, particularly when young

Flower
Showy with 5 long white petals, occuring in elongated, drooping bunches, appear in spring just before or with the leaves

Fruit/nutRed to purple round berry in small hanging clusters; edible and very tasty

Twig/branches
Slender, flexible, red-brown to gray in color; may be covered with fine hairs when young; buds are long pointed, covered with only a few scales, usually with hairy margins, light yellow-green to red in color

Bark
Smooth when young, ashy-gray with darker stripes; later becoming rough with long vertical splits and furrows

Form
Rounded shape with a narrow crown

Size
Can be 15 to 25 feet in height and 15 to 25 feet in width at full maturity

Native Range
Found in the northeastern United States and adjacent southeastern Canada, and at least one species is native to every U.S. state except Hawaii and to every Canadian province and territory

Type
Small deciduous tree

Seasonal Colors
The leaves turn to a range of pale yellow, red and orange colors in the fall

Soil
Grows best in acidic, moist, well drained soils

Light
Does well in full sun and partial shade

Similar Species
Shadblow serviceberry, Allegheny serviceberry, American beech

Pests and Diseases
Has a host of diseases and pests which regularly plague members of the rose family, especially the leaves (rusts, spots, blights, mildews, etc.), but can easily be kept healthy.

Rebate Eligibility
$50

Of Note
The fruit of several species are excellent to eat raw, tasting somewhat like a blueberry, strongly accented by the almond-like flavor of the seeds.

The berries of the serviceberry tree are sometimes called juneberries because of the time of year that they appear.

Photo Credits

Wy@rt
dmott9
Superior National Forest
maggie_and_her_camera
Flatbush Gardener