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Serviceberry, Autumn Brilliance

The Autumn Brilliance Serviceberry’s name may be a mouthful—and even more so is that of its binomial classification, Amelanchier x Grandiflora “Autumn Brilliance”—but this ornamental shrub harbors enough beauty, strength, and pluck to reinforce its pretty title...


What distinguishes the lovely Autumn Brilliance Serviceberry?

  • Smooth and malleable trunk that allows for easy cultivation as a tree or shrub with one or multiple trunks.

  • Requires minimal pruning to retain its sturdy upright structure.

  • Aromatic and beautiful white spring blossoms.

  • Edible and useful fruit.

  • Attracts pollinators and other wildlife.

  • Lush dark foliage that transitions to breathtaking fall color.

  • Greater resistance against diseases (as a hybrid).


Keeping up appearances…

This flowering specimen is a bit more compact than other serviceberry species, with its rounded canopy scraping up to 15-25 ft. with a respective 15-25 ft. spread. The Autumn Brilliance Serviceberry’s ash-gray bark is delicate, smooth, and malleable; these attributes mean that its trunk can be easily damaged by impact, yet it also enables the tree to be trained to grow with one or multiple trunks. Yet this species is noted most for its lovely flowers and foliage. It produces lavish clusters of snow-white blossoms in April, emitting a faint and wonderful perfume which attracts a rich variety of pollinators. These flowers are later replaced by the tree’s tiny purple-black fruits, which are often used in jellies, jams, and other desserts. For most of the year, the Autumn Brilliance Serviceberry is also adorned with a lush canopy of dark green leaves, which, true to its name, transform into a brilliant autumnal canvas of fiery brushstrokes with colors ranging from orange and copper to burgundy.   


A friendly recommendation.

This species emerged as a hybrid concocted from the pairing of Amelanchier Canadensis (the Shadblow Serviceberry) and Amelanchier Laevis (the Allegheny Serviceberry), emerging as a multi-stemmed shrub that can alternatively be pruned and cultivated to become a small tree. It suckers less than those two predecessor plants, displays a greater tolerance towards less mild temperatures, and can adapt to a variety of soil conditions. The Autumn Brilliance Serviceberry also has a greater resistance against diseases and conditions such as leaf spot, though it can be susceptible to fire blight and mildew. This deciduous member of the Rosaceae family has a 4-9 hardiness zone rating and grows best in full sun to partial shade, thriving in the medium well-drained soils of America’s uplands.


Awesome tree trivia!

  • Given its ornamental value and very aesthetic structure, the flowering Autumn Brilliance Serviceberry is a prevalent choice for gardens, small yards, parking lots, roadside buffer strips, street sides, and patios, flourishing throughout all but the southernmost fringes of the United States.

This Tree's Zone: 4 to 9

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FoliageDark green
Fall FoliageOrange-red
Bloom TimeApril
ShapeRounded to spreading
SunFull sun to part shade
Size15 to 25 feet
Spread15 to 25 feet