Unique Features: There is at least one variety of Serviceberry (Amelanchier) native every continental U.S. state and every Canadian Provence (where they are commonly called Saskatoons), so it is quite adaptable. The Cumulus is a variety of Allegheny Serviceberry selected for its compact size and fine texture. The white flowers bloom in early spring, and the fruit that follows is similar to a native blueberry in size and taste. Serviceberries are not as finicky about soil pH, though. As with blueberries, the fruit is very attractive to birds. For the humans it can eaten fresh or used in pies, pancakes and preserves, if you can beat the birds to it. In our area the berries usually ripen in July, but back east they ripen in June so they are called Juneberries. Serviceberries are fairly self-fertile, but will produce more if there’s another nearby.
- Compact size and range of colors make it a great interest piece for a small yard
- Bright white flowers emerge in spring and are followed by blueberry-like fruit
- Mostly self-fertile, but will benefit from another serviceberry nearby
- Adaptable to different conditions, and is drought tolerant once established
Mature Height: 10'
Mature Spread: 8'