15 to 20 ft.
to 15 ft.
eastern North America
sun to light shade
USDA zones 3-7
hardy to 8,500 ft.
Shadblow serviceberry is deciduous shrub or small tree with an upright, multi-stemmed shape.
In spring, small white flowers appear in drooping clusters before the leaves emerge. The mature black fruit is very attractive to wildlife, especially birds. The leaves turn a bright orange-red in fall.
Native to the eastern US, nursery professionals have developed cultivars with numerous flowers in spring and brilliant fall leaf color.
This hardy shrub grows slowly and has a slight suckering habit. Requires more irrigation than Saskatoon serviceberry, but has a more upright, regular shape.
With proper attention to its regular moisture needs, serviceberries can be a wonderful addition to the home landscape.
Three plants are growing the Xeriscape Demonstration Garden in the moderate water zone. The spring flowers and summer fruit add color, and the fall color adds interest to the garden. Birds especially enjoy this attractive and tasty shrub.
Prune out dead and damaged branches as needed. Watch for signs of fireblight and treat immediately if it occurs.