Serviceberry ‘Autumn Brilliance’
* Common name: Serviceberry ‘Autumn Brilliance’
* Botanical name: Amelanchier x grandiflora ‘Autumn Brilliance’
* What it is: A small tree that gets white flowers early in spring, then edible dark-purple berries in early summer (“juneberries”), then orange-red fall foliage. Birds love the fruits, too. Can also be grown as multi-stemmed tree.
* Size: 15 to 20 feet tall and wide.
* Where to use: Excellent front-yard specimen tree in a small yard. Small enough to be used at a house corner. Best in full sun but also does well in dappled sun as an understory tree.
* Care: Prune as needed in late winter to eliminate crossing branches and guide shape of tree. Annual spring scattering of a balanced, organic, granular fertilizer is optional. Keep soil consistently damp (never soggy) in first year, then water deeply once a week in hot, dry weather.
* Great partner: Pink groundcover roses, such as ‘Flower Carpet’ or ‘Pink Drift.’