Autumn Brilliance Serviceberry

Autumn Brilliance Serviceberry is a lovely small tree/large shrub that shines in many seasons of the year.  Cold hardy all the way to the Canadian border, Autumn Brilliance Serviceberry naturally develops a multi-stemmed structure with strong branches and interesting architecture.

            Early each spring Autumn Brilliance Serviceberry produces bountiful massess of lacy white blossoms before the leaves are fully developed.  This allows every blossom to be visible for maximum effect, which is both delicate and impressive. 

            For certain landscaping and urban uses, Autumn Brilliance Serviceberry is pruned and trained into a single stem tree form.  This allows it to be used in smaller gardens where the design calls for perennial and small shrub plantings under the tree canopy.

Photo courtesy of Bailey Nurseries
Photo courtesy of Bailey Nurseries


            Serviceberries exhibit some salt tolerance, which is one reason we increasingly see the single stem tree form of Autumn Brilliance Serviceberry used on boulevards and highway beautification projects.  A common name for serviceberry is Juneberry, because of the tasty purple/black fruit that is produced in large quantities in June and throughout July.  The fruit is enjoyed by birds, and I enjoy it for fresh eating.  One of my favorite times of the year is when I can pick and eat the Autumn Brilliance Serviceberry fruit produced by the plants we have for sale at the nursery.

            As the name would suggest, Autumn Brilliance Serviceberry produces a nice fall color show of mixed red/burgundy and some yellow.  Allow plenty of room for growth of the Autumn Brilliance Serviceberry, as they can mature to a somewhat rounded size of 20 feet high by 15 feet wide.  The smaller close cousin is named Regent Serviceberry, and matures to a much smaller size of about 6 feet high by 6 feet wide, which is often an excellent choice closer to buildings.