Amelanchier grandiflora 'Autumn Brilliance'

Plant Details

Common Name: Apple Serviceberry or Juneberry
Type: Shrubby Tree
Zone: 4 - 9
Growth Rate: Fast
Height: 15 - 25 feet
Spread: 15 - 25 feet
Habit: Shrubby
Bloom Time:
Bloom Description:
Foliage: Spring-Bronze, Summer-Green, Fall-Orange/Red

Attributes and Features: Attracts Birds, Showy Fall Foliage, Showy Flowers, Showy Foliage,
Edible Fruit

The name Autumn Brilliance correctly describes the outstanding red fall leaf color, but equally spectacular is the burst of white spring flowers, followed by a small very dark colored edible berry. The bark is smooth and light gray. This is a small, deciduous, usually multi-trunked understory tree or tall shrub which typically matures to 15-20’ tall. Flowers bloom in April followed by edible fruits (3/8" diameter) in June (hence the sometimes used common name of Juneberry for amelanchiers). Berries resemble blueberries in taste and may be used in jams, jellies and pies. Finely-toothed, oval-lanceolate leaves (to 3" long) emerge with bronze tints in spring, mature to dark green from late spring throughout summer before finally turning brilliant red to orange-red in fall.

Best in shrub borders or as a small ornamental tree. Also effective in woodland or naturalized areas, particularly with dark or shaded backdrops which tend to highlight the form, flowers and fall color of the plant. Also effective along stream banks and ponds.


Quick Facts

Plant Care

Sun: Full Sun, Part Shade
Water: Medium
Maintenance: Low

Easily grown in average, medium, well-drained soil in full sun to part shade. Tolerant of a somewhat wide range of soils.

It is somewhat tolerant of urban pollution.

Root suckers are common, and if not removed, will result in a shrubby growth habit for the plant.

No serious insect or disease problems. This cultivar reportedly has excellent disease resistance.

It has a low canopy with a typical clearance of 4 feet from the ground, and is suitable for planting under power lines. It grows at a medium rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for 40 years or more.

This tree does best in full sun to partial shade. It prefers to grow in average to moist conditions, and shouldn't be allowed to dry out. 



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