May’s Plant Profile – Serviceberry
- by Bobbi Grimm
May 05, 2018
The Serviceberry is a smaller tree that has wonderful interest all year long. In the Spring, the trees get a beautiful white flower all over them. The blooms occur from March to April and will start to disappear as the leaves start to bud out.
The multi trunk structure of this tree makes it an interesting feature in the garden during the Summer. They develop no serious problems but do get rust, leaf spot, and powdery mildew disease issues occasionally. They will reach 15’-25’ tall and about the same width.
The flowers develop into round berries which develop a dark red to purplish-black color in early Summer. The berries, which are similar in size to a blueberry, will persist thru the Fall and into the Winter and can be used in jams, jellies, and pies. The Fall color of the tree is a red to orange leaf color.
The tree is best planted in full sun to partial shade and will tolerate the clay soils we have in the area. All in all, it is a great tree to be used in the landscape.