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Autumn Brilliance Serviceberry: Turns Fall Ablaze With Stunning Rich Red Color

Autumn Brilliance Serviceberry: Turns Fall Ablaze With Stunning Rich Red Color

Autumn Brilliance ServiceberryAmelanchier × grandiflora ‘Autumn Brilliance’ is more commonly called Autumn Brilliance Serviceberry for a good reason, it really turns fall ablaze with stunning rich red color.  It not only has beautiful fall color, but their flowers are gorgeous, and the form really complements any garden or landscape. Autumn Brilliance Serviceberry is a naturally occurring hybrid that combines the vigor, adaptability, and beauty of its two parents,

Autumn Brilliance Serviceberry is a deciduous, early-flowering, large shrub, or small tree which typically grows 15 to 25 feet tall. It features 5-petaled, showy, slightly fragrant (I have a hard time smelling the fragrance), white flowers in drooping clusters (racemes) which appear before the leaves emerge in early spring. Leaves are finely toothed, obovate, bluish green, and reach a length of 2 to 5 inches. The fall color change is from bluish green to brilliant orange or red. Flowers give way to small, round green berries which turn red and finally mature to a dark purplish black in early summer. Edible berries are sweet, resembling blueberries in size and color, and can be used in jams, jellies, and pies. You may occasionally hear Amelanchiers referred to as Juneberries.

How To Make Your Autumn Brilliance Serviceberry Thrive

Autumn Brilliance Serviceberry thrives in full sun to partial shade and fertile, moist, well-drained soil. This species is pH adaptable and will tolerate many soil types if need be.  Root suckers are common, and if not removed, the result will be a shrubby growth habit.

General Autumn Brilliance Serviceberry Information

Pests and Diseases

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

Garden Uses

Autumn Brilliance Serviceberry is best used in shrub borders, or as a small ornamental tree. It is also quite effective in woodland or naturalized areas, particularly with dark or shaded backdrops. You might also consider using it along stream banks, and around ponds.  You can successfully group this beautiful eastern native with other regional favorites such as Vine Maple, Oak Leaf Hydrangea, Rhododendron, and Kentucky Wisteria.

Quick Facts

  • Family: Rosaceae
  • Common Name: Autumn Brilliance Serviceberry, or Apple Serviceberry
  • Plant Type: Tree
  • Hardiness Zones: Zones 4 to 9
  • Height: 15 to 25 feet
  • Spread: 15 to 25 feet
  • Growth Rate: Medium
  • Flower: Showy
  • Bloom Time: April
  • Bloom Description: White
  • Sun: Full sun to part shade
  • Water: Medium
  • Soil Type: Clay, loam, or sand
  • Maintenance: Low
  • Attracts: Birds
  • Fruit: Showy, edible

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2 Comments

  1. I’m a big fan of serviceberries! This one is a real beauty!

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