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Autumn Brilliance Serviceberry

Scientific name

Amelanchier x grandiflora ‘Autumn Brilliance’

Origin

Eastern North America, Kansas to Newfoundland and south to Arkansas and Georgia.

Habitat

Grows best in woodland or naturalized areas. Along stream backs and ponds, particularly in areas with a dark or shady backdrop.   

Growth Nature

Can grow as a single stemmed tree or multi-stemmed shrub. Its mature height is about 20 to 25 ft. with about a 15 ft. spread.  Tolerant of a wide range of soil types.

Points of Interest

  • Serviceberries tend to be a hardy shrubby tree in the landscape setting.

  • Fall colors in the Autumn Brilliance variety are very showy with brilliant red leaves.

  • This variety is a cross between the Downy and the Allegheny Serviceberry.

  • Native Americans and early settlers used the berries for a variety of edible products including jams and pies.  The berries resemble and taste somewhat like blueberries with a slight almond flavoring.  They were also considered to have some medicinal properties.

  • The berries attract a variety of birds that usually get to the berries before people can.

  • These trees are valued as ornamental additions in the garden.