Amelanchier x grandiflora
Leaves: Deciduous. Leaves are 2-4” long, oval to round shaped with a serrated edge and pointed tip. Dark to medium green color. Expectional fall colors of yellow, orange or red.
Bark/Twigs: Bark is brown to gray, thin and smooth, often with streaks of darker lines.
Flowers/Fruit: Flowers are white to pinkish white and grow in small bunches 2-4" long with 3-10 flowers. The 5 petals are narrow and ½-1½” long. Flowers appear early, before the leaves in early spring (April). Fruit is a round, ¼-⅜" diameter, dark red to purple berry, that grow in tight clusters. Berries ripen in late summer to early fall and are sweet and edible.
Mature size and shape: Small. 15-25’h x 15’w. Crown is rounded, often with multiple stems.
General information/special features: Plant in full sun to partial shade. Prefers well-drained soils and partial sun. Drought tolerant once established.
Landscape use and Maintenance: Most serviceberries are sold as a multi-trunk large shrub or sometimes a small tree. Average growing rate. Average maintenance. Fairly tough, free of pests and drought resistant.
USDA Hardiness Zone: 4-8
Family/Origin: Rosaceae – Rose. Amelanchier x grandiflora is a cross between A. arborea and A. laevis. A large shrub or small tree native to most of the U.S. A. alnifolilia and A. utahensis are Utah natives found in protected, cool canyon locations.
Campus use: Common as a multi-trunk or clump form. Can be found east of Pioneer Memorial Theater (Bld 66).