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Amelanchier laevis (Allegheny Serviceberry)

Allegheny Serviceberry, Smooth Serviceberry, Juneberry

Amelanchier laevis, Allegheny Serviceberry, Smooth Serviceberry, Juneberry, Shrub, Fall color, Shrub with berries
Amelanchier laevis, Allegheny Serviceberry, Smooth Serviceberry, Juneberry, Shrub, Fall color, Shrub with berries

Amelanchier laevis (Allegheny Serviceberry) is a large deciduous shrub or small multi-trunked tree of dense, fine-textured branching habit with purplish to bronze young leaves. In mid-spring, abundant sprays of small, slightly fragrant, white flowers emerge as the leaves unfurl. Attractive to pollinators, they are followed by small, round, tasty, dark purplish-black berries in early summer. The berries are often used in jams, jellies, and pies if not eaten by the birds. The foliage of smooth, lustrous dark green, oval leaves, turns to brilliant shades of orange and red in the fall. The smooth, gray bark is adorned with white, longitudinal stripes that can be admired in winter. Very easy to grow, Allegheny Serviceberry provides year-round interest in the garden.

  • Usually grows up to 15-25 ft. tall and wide (4-8 m) but can reach 40 ft. where happy (12 m).
  • A full sun to part shade lover, this plant is easily grown in moist, well-drained, acidic soils. Best berry production and fall color occur in full sun. Tolerant of a somewhat wide range of soils.
  • Low maintenance, this plant is also generally pest and disease free but keep an eye out for fire blight.
  • Perfect as a specimen plant, hedges, and screens. Great in naturalized or native plant gardens.
  • Propagate by seed and semi-hardwood cuttings.
  • Native to eastern North America.

Requirements

Hardiness 4 - 8
Heat Zones 3 - 9
Climate Zones 2, 2A, 2B, 3, 3A, 3B, 4, 5, 6
Plant Type Shrubs, Trees
Plant Family Rosaceae
Genus Amelanchier
Common names Juneberry, Allegheny Serviceberry, Serviceberry
Exposure Full Sun, Partial Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Mid, Late)
Summer (Early, Mid, Late)
Fall
Winter
Height 15' - 25'
(4.6m - 7.6m)
Spread 15' - 25'
(4.6m - 7.6m)
Spacing 180" - 300"
(4.6m - 7.6m)
Maintenance Low
Water Needs Average
Soil Type Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained, Well-Drained
Characteristics Fragrant, Showy, Fruit & Berries
Native Plants United States, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Maine, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, Connecticut, Delaware, Midwest, Southeast, Northeast, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Wisconsin, Ohio, Minnesota, Kentucky, Georgia, Alabama, West Virginia, South Carolina, Virginia, North Carolina, Tennessee
Attracts Birds, Bees
Garden Uses Beds And Borders, Hedges And Screens, Rain Gardens
Garden Styles Informal and Cottage, City and Courtyard, Prairie and Meadow
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Alternative Plants to Consider

Amelanchier x grandiflora ‘Autumn Brilliance’ (Serviceberry)
Amelanchier utahensis (Utah Serviceberry)
Amelanchier stolonifera (Running Serviceberry)
Amelanchier ovalis (Snowy Mespilus)
Amelanchier lamarckii (Juneberry)
Amelanchier ‘La Paloma’ (Serviceberry)

Recommended Companion Plants

Tulipa ‘Abba’ (Double Early Tulip)
Tulipa ‘Gavota’ (Triumph Tulip)
Narcissus ‘Actaea’ (Poeticus Daffodil)
Cornus alba ‘Sibirica’ (Tatarian Dogwood)

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Requirements

Hardiness 4 - 8
Heat Zones 3 - 9
Climate Zones 2, 2A, 2B, 3, 3A, 3B, 4, 5, 6
Plant Type Shrubs, Trees
Plant Family Rosaceae
Genus Amelanchier
Common names Juneberry, Allegheny Serviceberry, Serviceberry
Exposure Full Sun, Partial Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Mid, Late)
Summer (Early, Mid, Late)
Fall
Winter
Height 15' - 25'
(4.6m - 7.6m)
Spread 15' - 25'
(4.6m - 7.6m)
Spacing 180" - 300"
(4.6m - 7.6m)
Maintenance Low
Water Needs Average
Soil Type Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained, Well-Drained
Characteristics Fragrant, Showy, Fruit & Berries
Native Plants United States, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Maine, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, Connecticut, Delaware, Midwest, Southeast, Northeast, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Wisconsin, Ohio, Minnesota, Kentucky, Georgia, Alabama, West Virginia, South Carolina, Virginia, North Carolina, Tennessee
Attracts Birds, Bees
Garden Uses Beds And Borders, Hedges And Screens, Rain Gardens
Garden Styles Informal and Cottage, City and Courtyard, Prairie and Meadow
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