Fall color of serviceberry


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.

This tree is eligible for a $50 Tree Rebate. If you’d like help with the planting, check out our RiverSmart Homes program.

More detail: Serviceberry’s Tree of the Month.

Common Name

Latin Name

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

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

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

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

Rounded shape with a narrow crown

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

Small deciduous tree

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

Grows best in acidic, moist, well drained soils

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

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

Superior National Forest
Flatbush Gardener