Strong, supple, and sweet: there’s the essence of the Allegheny Serviceberry in three simple words. This ornamental tree is most known for its elegant structure and its accommodating nature…
What distinguishes the lovely Allegheny Serviceberry?
Ornamental beauty, especially thanks to its enchanting spring blossoms and fiery fall colors.
Cherished wildlife habitat.
Wood that is valued—almost ironically, in light of its delicate-looking structure—as one of the heaviest in the United States.
Elegant structure even in the winter.
Keeping up appearances…
With its smooth silvery bark and delicate structure, Amelanchier Laevis offers a lovely winter silhouette, its fine branches arching to create a broad, vase-shaped architecture. The Allegheny Serviceberry’s leaves are elliptic, rather ovate, and dark green, laterally veined with tiny toothed margins. The foliage takes on warm lustrous hues of fiery orange and bright crimson in the autumn, radiantly lighting up any garden, small yard, or larger landscape. In April, a heavenly profusion of aromatic white blossoms festoon the tree’s pale branches, appearing in lazily drooping clusters. These are later replaced by the Allegheny Serviceberry’s sweet blueish-green to purplish-black poms, which are edible either raw or cooked. The tree’s bark is silvery-gray and patterned with pale vertical stripes, while its root system is close to the surface and places little demand on the soil.
A friendly recommendation.
As its name seems to imply, this type of serviceberry is indeed all about accommodating other members of its ecosystem. This flowering member of the Rosaceae family can be cultivated as a small tree or a tall shrub— reaching an approximate height between 15-40 ft. with an analogous 15-40 ft. spread—rendering this tree a viable option for small yards. With a 4-8 hardiness zone rating, this plant tolerates medium well-drained soils and flourishes in full sun to partial shade.
Awesome tree trivia!
- The Allegheny Serviceberry’s bark has its place in folkloric medicine and was once popularly used as an herbal drug for pregnant women.
- Frequently found in uplands, the Allegheny Serviceberry is native to eastern North America, ranging from Newfoundland to Georgia and extending westward to Minnesota and Alabama.
Photos Rob Routledge, Sault College, Bugwood.org
Photos Vanessa Richins Myers, About.com, Bugwood.org
Photos Copyright © Horticopia, Inc. 2017
This Tree's Zone: 4 to 8
Your Growing Zone:
|Shape||Rounded to spreading|
|Sun||Full sun to part shade|
|Size||15 to 40 feet|
|Spread||15 to 40 feet|