Serviceberry Tree
Plant Type
Sunlight Amount
amelanchier autumn brilliance serviceberry
Credit: Peter Krumhardt
amelanchier autumn brilliance serviceberry
Serviceberry Tree

This small tree thrives through all four seasons and offers so much to any garden. Abundant white blooms in spring are followed by delicious berries in summer, fiery foliage in fall, and silver bark in winter.

genus name
  • Amelanchier
  • Part Sun
  • Shade
  • Sun
plant type
  • Shrub
  • Tree
  • 8 to 20 feet
  • 20 feet or more
  • 4 to 15 feet wide
flower color
season features
problem solvers
special features
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
  • 5
  • 6
  • 7
  • 8
  • 9

Blooms, Berries, and Foliage

Serviceberry trees display white blooms just before their foliage emerges in early spring, offering some of the earliest sources of nectar for pollinators. The five-petaled flowers closely resemble apple blossoms, but with skinnier petals.

After the show of these blooms, clusters of edible berries form. As summer begins, the berry ripens to a deep red, then purple color. The berries make a wonderful substitute for blueberries and can be eaten fresh or made into jams and jellies. Birds also enjoy them.

Serviceberry foliage has an open and loose structure. This allows dappled light to shine through, which creates a space for part-shade plants to sit around the base. As nights cool in autumn, the blue-green foliage transforms into beautiful shades of orange and red.

How to Care for a Serviceberry

Serviceberry's habits are extremely versatile. It can be treated as either a large shrub or a small tree. Some species of serviceberry can sucker and create spreading colonies. In their natural habitat, these trees tend to do well in part shade.

Serviceberry trees encounter very few problems. If you experience a particularly dry, hot summer, spider mites could appear on the foliage. In most cases, this will cause no long-term damage to the health of the tree; the effects are merely cosmetic. Serviceberry trees grow fast and can quickly fill a garden.

More Varieties of Serviceberry

amelanchier alnifolia regent serviceberry
Credit: Jay Wilde

'Regent' Serviceberry

Amelanchier alnifolia 'Regent' is a compact shrub that grows to 6 feet tall and 4 feet wide. A native plant to the American Great Plains, it is quite drought tolerant. Its deep purple fruits make delicious jams, jellies, or pies. Zones 2-7

amelanchier arborea common serviceberry
Credit: Jay Wilde

Common Serviceberry

Amelanchier arborea is also known as downy serviceberry, a reference to the fine hairs on its leaves and twigs. In cultivation, it grows 15 to 25 feet tall and wide, but in native woodlands, it may reach 40 feet tall. Its fall color is a delightful mix of orange, red, and gold. Zones 4-9

amelanchier autumn brilliance serviceberry
Credit: Peter Krumhardt

'Autumn Brilliance' Serviceberry

Amelanchier 'Autumn Brilliance' is a hybrid with exceptional fall color ranging from orange to red with gold overtones. It grows 15 to 25 feet tall and wide. Zones 4-9

amelanchier laevis cumulus allegheny serviceberry
Credit: Marty Baldwin

'Cumulus' Allegheny Serviceberry

Amelanchier laevis 'Cumulus' is a narrow upright small tree that grows 25 feet tall and 12 feet wide. It is covered in clouds of white blossoms in spring. The purple fruits and red-orange fall color extend its seasons of beauty. Zones 4-8

amelanchier X grandiflora apple serviceberry
Credit: Scott Little

Apple Serviceberry

Amelanchier X grandiflora 'Apple' is a hybrid with a graceful rounded form. It grows 20 to 25 feet tall and wide and bears profuse white blooms that are sometimes tinged pink. The pinkish-purple fruits resemble miniature apples. It is quite drought tolerant. Zones 3-8


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