Serviceberry (Amelanchier canadensis) is one of our favorite edible landscape plants, and we are proud to offer the Autumn Brilliance cultivar this year! Native to NC and playing host to many birds and pollinators, this gorgeous small tree adds character to any landscape. Even better, it produces large crops of berries similar in size, shape and texture to the beloved blueberry.
Serviceberry is known by many names. In the 19th century eastern US, serviceberry was known to bloom around the time that roads would become passable again for preachers to resume their rounds of services, including weddings, baptisms and funerals. This time often occurred in June, so you may also hear it referred to as Juneberry.
Another name for this plant is shadbush. This is because the blooms coincide with shad fish returning to the rivers from the ocean.
Whatever you call them, these serviceberries enjoy full sun to part shade, are pest and disease-resistant, and are an incredible ally for birds and pollinators!
Check out our website to get your own serviceberry to add something extra special to your summer berry harvest!