General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Tree
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Full Sun
Full Sun to Partial Shade
Water Preferences: Mesic
Soil pH Preferences: Slightly acid (6.1 – 6.5)
Neutral (6.6 – 7.3)
Slightly alkaline (7.4 – 7.8)
Minimum cold hardiness: Zone 4a -34.4 °C (-30 °F) to -31.7 °C (-25 °F)
Maximum recommended zone: Zone 9b
Plant Height: Typically grows 15-25 feet tall in cultivation but can reach 40 feet in the wild.
Plant Spread: 15-25 feet
Leaves: Good fall color
Other: Dark green leaves in summer and excellent orange to red fall color.
Fruit: Showy
Edible to birds
Other: Small green berries, maturing to purplish-black, resemble blueberries in size and color and are often used in jams, jellies and pies. Amelanchiers are commonly called juneberries. Good for shrub borders, open woodland areas and naturalized areas.
Fruiting Time: Summer
Flowers: Showy
Other: Slightly fragrant
Flower Color: White
Bloom Size: Under 1"
Flower Time: Spring
Uses: Flowering Tree
Edible Parts: Fruit
Eating Methods: Raw
Wildlife Attractant: Bees
Resistances: Pollution
Humidity tolerant
Propagation: Seeds: Self fertile
Pollinators: Bees

Common names
  • Downy Serviceberry
  • Common Serviceberry
  • Juneberry
  • Serviceberry
  • Shadbush
  • Shadblow
  • Sarvis Tree

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  • Posted by ILPARW (southeast Pennsylvania - Zone 6b) on Jul 9, 2021 2:56 PM concerning plant:
    It seems to me that this Downy species, that is so similar to the Alleghany species (A. laevis), only differs in having tomentose hairiness under the leaves and a little above; that the leaves tend to be a little bigger, giving it a slightly coarser texture; and that the young unfolding leaves do not have a bronzy color. Most of the cultivars of tree type serviceberries come from the Alleghany or the hybrid Apple Serviceberry. This species is native from Maine to Iowa to northern Florida and Louisiana.

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