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Plant Habit: Shrub
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Full Sun to Partial Shade
Water Preferences: Mesic
Minimum cold hardiness: Zone 4a -34.4 °C (-30 °F) to -31.7 °C (-25 °F)
Maximum recommended zone: Zone 8b
Plant Height: 15-40ft
Plant Spread: 15-40ft
Leaves: Good fall color
Unusual foliage color
Other: Typically grows 15-25' (less frequently to 40') tall. Finely-toothed, obovate leaves emerge with a bronzish-purple tinge in spring, mature to lustrous dark green in summer and turn red-orange in fall. This tree is primarily distinguished from the very sim
Fruit: Showy
Edible to birds
Other: Berries are often used in jams, jellies and pies. Good plant for bird gardens (birds love the berries).
Flowers: Showy
Flower Color: White
Flower Time: Spring
Suitable Locations: Street Tree
Uses: Flowering Tree
Edible Parts: Fruit
Wildlife Attractant: Birds
Propagation: Seeds: Self fertile
Pollinators: Bees

Common names
  • Allegheny Serviceberry
  • Serviceberry
  • Allegheny Shadberry
  • Allegheny Service-Berry
Botanical names
  • Accepted: Amelanchier laevis
  • Synonym: Amelanchier arborea subsp. laevis
  • Synonym: Amelanchier arborea var. cordifolia

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Location: My garden
Date: 2022-04-10
Location: My garden
Date: 2022-04-10
Location: Southern Maine
Date: 2024-05-09
First year this has bloomed.  Am happy that birds planted it!
Location: Southern Maine
Date: 2023-06-26
Young twig / stems on mine are red.
Location: Cranesville Swamp Natural Area, West Virginia | May, 2023
Location: Southern Maine
Date: 2024-05-10
Clusters of white blooms are beautiful against bronze spring foli
Location: Southern Maine
Date: 2024-05-10
First blooms!  Hint of pink streaks
Location: Southern Maine
Date: 2024-05-10
Location: Southern Maine
Date: 2023-06-20
Leaf underside in mid-June is soft blue green
Location: Southern Maine
Date: 2023-06-20
Top of leaf, which was bronze in early spring, is now green.  Edg
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credit: Rob Routledge

leaf and bark
Location: Brownstown Pennsylvania
Date: 2016-06-18
Tiny plant but bearing fruit already
Location: Thomas Darling Preserve near Blakeslee, PA
Date: 2016-05-21
young spring leaves and some old, leftover fruit

credit: Vanessa Richins
Location: Bombay Hook in central Delaware
Date: 2017-11-15
a mass of Alleghany Serviceberry behind pole
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  • Posted by ILPARW (southeast Pennsylvania - Zone 6b) on Nov 15, 2017 10:29 AM concerning plant:
    A neat, clean, beautiful small tree with smooth gray bark, white flowers in early spring, handsome foliage, good fall color, and delicious purple berries in June good for birds, wildlife, and humans. The fruit tastes sort of like cherries. Native to southeast Canada, New England, down the Appalachians to north Alabama to Missouri, Iowa, and eastern Minnesota, all around the Great Lakes. Grows about 1.5 feet/year and lives about 150 years. Grows in and along upland forest in moist or average, acid to slightly alkaline soil, pH 6.0 to 7.5. In landscapes it can be planted in open, exposed locations though it grows in or around shady woods in nature. Some large, diverse conventional nurseries and native plant nurseries still sell the regular species, but there are some cultivars as 'Cumulus' or 'Prince Charles'. What is sold much more is the Apple Serviceberry that is a natural hybrid between this Alleghany Serviceberry x the Downy Serviceberry that is sold in several cultivars as 'Autumn Brilliance' and 'Princess Diana'. All are fantastic ornamental trees that should be used more in landscaping, though the general gardening public does not know of this genus.
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