Amelanchiers, (also known as Juneberry or Serviceberry), is a tall shrub or small tree that is one of my favorite plants. In my yard it is one of the first signs of spring before most other spring blooming plants. Unfortunately this year that first sign of spring might be in the summer! In 2011 this shrub bloomed at my house in Savage, MN May 9, whereas last year with the early spring it popped on April 2. Whenever it does open it is worth waiting for because it means spring has sprung.
Like our slogan at Pahl’s Market, “Something for every season” this is also true with the Serviceberry. Starting with an abundance of showy, fragrant white flowers in spring, edible purple/black fruit in the summer, and outstanding red leaves in the fall. The attractive bark and open multi trunk habit adds interest to the long winter.
In my opinion the Serviceberry’s best attribute is the tasty berries that attract birds and butterflies. The Cedar Wax Wings come in numbers and will send scout birds to your yard to let their friends know the berries are ripe and time for a party. The butterflies use the tree as a host for butterfly larvae.
At Pahl’s we have 3 varieties of the Amalanchier to accommodate any landscape design. Regent grows only 4-6′ high, Standing Ovation is 15’ tall and 4’ wide, and Autumn Brilliance which we sell either as a 15-20’multi-stemmed large shrub or single stem small tree. Please stop in at Pahl’s and have Jay, Dave or Bart find one that works for you and your yard.