Amelanchier laevis

Allegheny Serviceberry

Colorful in all seasons, these deciduous shrubs and trees are especially conspicuous in early spring. Their plentiful white flowers bloom briefly before or with the unfolding of the leaves. Young leaves are covered with soft, woolly white hairs. Fall color is yellow, red or orange. The gray bark is streaked with reddish fissures. The types with edible red or purple fruits (which taste like blueberries) soon grow into a large patch, and attract birds. Commonly called Shadbush, Shadblow or Serviceberry (pronounced "sarvisberry"). Tolerate a wide variety of soils. Start by seed or by suckers. Clear away fallen leaves and fruits to prevent blight.
Amelanchier laevis, Allegheny Serviceberry
The small, purplish bronze, young leaves on this narrow tree or shrub turn dark green in summer and brilliant red, yellow and orange in fall. Dangling clusters of white flowers are followed by fleshy, sweet, berrylike, dark purple fruits.

Attributes - Amelanchier laevis

Plant Type: Shrub, Tree

Bloom Season: Early Spring

Flower Color: White

Foliage: Deciduous

Height: 15 ft. to 40 ft.

Width: 40 ft.

Sunlight: Full Sun, Partial Sun

Climate: Zones 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9

Notes: Thrives in Acid Soil, Alkaline Soil, Wet Soil. Edible, Showy Flowers. Susceptible to Rust, Scales.

Related Plants

Amelanchier alnifolia, Amelanchier arborea, Amelanchier canadensis, Amelanchier grandiflora
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