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Downy ServiceberryAmelanchier arborea

  • Downy Serviceberry - Amelanchier arborea
  • Downy Serviceberry - Amelanchier arborea
  • Downy Serviceberry - Amelanchier arborea
  • Downy Serviceberry - Amelanchier arborea
This tree is an all-season beauty. Early in the spring, beautiful white clusters of blooms set it off against the new green of spring. Vivid red- and gold-hued foliage graces the landscape in the fall. And plump red berries are a favorite of birds in summer. The berries are also popular with the human crowd for pies, preserves and fresh eating.

Its year-round interest and smaller size make the downy serviceberry a versatile choice for landscaping.

Hardiness Zones

The downy serviceberry can be expected to grow in Hardiness Zones 4–9. View Map

Tree Type

This is a flowering tree, typically planted for its profusion of flowers.

Mature Size

The downy serviceberry grows to a height of 15–25' and a spread of 15–25' at maturity.

Growth Speed Medium Growth Rate

This tree grows at a medium rate, with height increases of 13–24" per year.

Sun Preference

Full sun and partial shade are best for this tree, meaning it prefers a minimum of four hours of direct, unfiltered sunlight each day.

Soil Preference

The downy serviceberry grows well in acidic, moist and well-drained soils.


This tree:
  • Blooms in March and April (depending on location), with delicate white flowers arranged in clusters.
  • Is one of the finest small trees for fall color, with leaves turning vivid shades of red and gold.
  • Produces berry-like fruit that ripens in June, changing from green to red to purplish black.
  • Grows in a rounded shape.

Wildlife Value

The fruit this tree produces is loved by birds.