Amelanchier x grandiflora ‘Autumn Brilliance’

amelanchier x grandifolia also known as apple serviceberryLatin name: Amelanchier x grandiflora ‘Autumn Brilliance’
Common name: Apple serviceberry
Flowers: White, small, April 12
Fruit or cones: Edible fruits (3/8” diameter) 12
Height & Width: 15 to 25ft 12
Type: Deciduous tree 12
Habit: Multi-trunked understory tree 12
Wetland indicator category**: FACU, FAC 16
Texture: Medium 12
Growth rate: Moderate 12
Light: Full sun to part shade 12
Moisture: Average, dry, moist 20
Soil*: Acidic, adaptable 20
Zones: 4 to 9 12
Origin: L48, AK, SPM, CAN 16
Ecosystem benefits: Attracts birds 12

Features: The Serviceberry is a wonderful multi-trunked understory tree. It has white flowers that bloom in April. It also has beautiful fall color. Fall color includes oranges, yellows, and reds. It has blueberry like edible fruits that are about 3/8” in diameter. It attracts many organisms, one of those being birds 12.

Siting: Attractive understory tree for lawns, shrub borders, woodland margins, or native plant areas. Good plant for bird gardens 12.

Care: Plant so root flare is visible at soil surface 14. At planting, water the root ball daily with two gallons of water per inch of trunk diameter for two weeks, every other day for two months and then weekly until established. Modify water recommendations to reflect site drainage and rainfall. Apply 3” of mulch over the planted area. Do not allow mulch to touch the trunk 14.

Pests: No serious insect or disease problems. Rust, leaf spot, fire blight, powdery mildew and canker are occasional disease problems 12.

This plant does not appear on the following invasive plant lists on 2/13/2023:
X USDA SC Invasive Plant Species
X SC Exotic Plant Pest Council

Author: Marie Aull

Image source: Mt. Cuba Center (


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*Soil pH is determined using a professional soil test. Contact your Clemson University County Extension service for assistance Click on “local offices”.

**2012 Plant Wetland Indicator categories (quantitative derived)

Plant Wetland Indicator categories
Indicator Code Indicator Status Comment
OBL Obligate Wetland Almost always is a hydrophyte, rarely in uplands
FACW Facultative Wetland Usually is a hydrophyte but occasionally found in uplands
FAC Facultative Commonly occurs as either a hydrophyte or non-hydrophyte
FACU Facultative Upland Occasionally is a hydrophyte but usually occurs in uplands
UPL Obligate Upland Rarely is a hydrophyte, almost always in uplands