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PlantFiles: Downy Serviceberry, Shadblow, Juneberry, Sarvis Tree
Amelanchier arborea

Family: Rosaceae (ro-ZAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Amelanchier (am-uh-LAN-kee-er) (Info)
Species: arborea (ar-BOR-ee-uh) (Info)

Synonym:Amelanchier arborea var. arborea
Synonym:Amelanchier oblongifolia

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18 members have or want this plant for trade.


15-20 ft. (4.7-6 m)

10-12 ft. (3-3.6 m)

USDA Zone 4a: to -34.4 C (-30 F)
USDA Zone 4b: to -31.6 C (-25 F)
USDA Zone 5a: to -28.8 C (-20 F)
USDA Zone 5b: to -26.1 C (-15 F)
USDA Zone 6a: to -23.3 C (-10 F)
USDA Zone 6b: to -20.5 C (-5 F)
USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 C (0 F)
USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 C (5 F)
USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)
USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)
USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)
USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)

Sun Exposure:
Sun to Partial Shade

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Bloom Color:
White/Near White

Bloom Time:
Mid Spring


Other details:
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Soil pH requirements:
5.6 to 6.0 (acidic)
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

Patent Information:

Propagation Methods:
From semi-hardwood cuttings
From seed; direct sow outdoors in fall
From seed; stratify if sowing indoors

Seed Collecting:
Remove fleshy coating on seeds before storing
Allow unblemished fruit to ripen; clean and dry seeds

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5 positives
4 neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Neutral CacophonyArt On Jun 2, 2012, CacophonyArt from Greensboro, NC wrote:

I was given some juneberries from a friend who bought them from seeds and is growing them. She gave them to me so I could collect the seeds and grow my own. I'm having a hard time finding info about seed saving of this plant. I saw your note about stratify and looked that up. I'll do that but I wasn't sure about your note regarding removing the "fleshy coating" from the seeds before storing. Do you mean the berry flesh/meat or is there another layer? (kinda like tomatoes have that sac layer). You've got me here with a small knife and a flea sized seed trying to see if there's more goodies inside it that I need to "release"...oh, I think I'm making this to hard!

Positive lindera42 On Jan 11, 2011, lindera42 from Keymar, MD wrote:

This small tree grew and fruited beautifully for us in northern Massachusetts. We loved it so much that we are trying it again here in northern Maryland. Our current tree was planted only last fall so I don't know how it will do here, but it came from a local nursery that specializes in native plants. I have my fingers crossed that cedar apple rust won't spoil the fruit for birds. It was not a problem in MA, but I see it occurs here.

Neutral keferraro On Jan 10, 2011, keferraro from Crown Point, IN wrote:

The bird you are seeing eating the service berries is probably a cedar waxwing. In my area I have found that, in the spring, they swarm crabapples and eat the fruit that remains on the tree after a winter of freezing and thawing. I can certainly see how the fruit would be fermented and lead to drunken behavior!

Positive brunkenrl On Jan 10, 2011, brunkenrl from Bayfield, CO wrote:

We have serviceberry trees all over our 10 acres east of Durango, CO. Our home is at 8,000 ft. and they grow everywhere around here. Have tried to eat but found them rather bland. However, every fall when the berries are ripe there is a certain gray and yellow bird that loves these berries and generally get "drunk" on them and fly into our large front windows. Believe they see the tree in the glass and think it's another tree. have to cover the windows during this time (about 3 weeks) because we have found up to 6 dead birds per day. Rather funny to watch these birds as they will literally fall out of the trees!

Positive Yooper1 On May 3, 2010, Yooper1 from Atlantic Mine, MI wrote:

Here in western Upper Michigan, Juneberry (locally called "sugar plums" by many) trees grow just about everywhere. They seem to be in the highest concentrations along the old railroad grades.

They seem to grow tall like a tree, where the berries are high off of the ground, if they are in an area where they must compete for sunlight. If they are in an open area, they seem to grow more like an extremely large bush, with a good number of berries at an easy picking height.

Positive wamccormick On Jul 13, 2007, wamccormick from Lindale, TX wrote:

Sarvis trees grow plentifully on my brother-in-law's farm in Crossville, TN under dense forest. The berries are sugar sweet, but the birds get most of them, since most of them are up out of reach. I am wanting to try them in East Texas, but I do not know their chill requirements.

W.A. McCormick
Lindale, TX

Neutral frostweed On Nov 24, 2006, frostweed from Josephine, Arlington, TX (Zone 8a) wrote:

Downy Serviceberry, Shadblow, Juneberry, Sarvis Tree, Amelanchier arborea is native to Texas and other States.

Positive ishlaa On Apr 20, 2005, ishlaa from Taylor, AZ wrote:

The plant that I have is a small shrub growing only 2 feet tall at the most. The berries are very sweet and my wife and I fight to see who gets to pick them. I propigated them by digging up suckers and transplanting them.

Neutral smiln32 On Aug 31, 2001, smiln32 from Oklahoma City, OK (Zone 7a) wrote:

Downy serviceberry is a deciduous, early-flowering, large shrub or small tree which typically grows 15-25' tall in cultivation but can reach 40' in the wild. A Missouri native plant that occurs most often in open rocky woods, wooded slopes, and bluffs. Features 5-petaled, showy, slightly fragrant, white flowers in drooping clusters which appear before the leaves emerge in early spring. The finely-toothed, obovate leaves exhibit good fall color. Flowers give way to small, round green berries which turn red and finally mature to a dark purplish-black in early summer. Edible berries resemble blueberries in size and color and are often used in jams, jellies and pies. Amelanchiers are commonly called juneberries.


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Morrilton, Arkansas
Bayfield, Colorado
Durango, Colorado
Evanston, Illinois
Murray, Kentucky
Coushatta, Louisiana
Milton, Massachusetts
Atlantic Mine, Michigan
Wadena, Minnesota
Aurora, Missouri
Cole Camp, Missouri
Piedmont, Missouri
Bayboro, North Carolina
Boone, North Carolina
Hillsborough, North Carolina
Ashtabula, Ohio
Dayton, Ohio
Irwin, Pennsylvania
Lansdowne, Pennsylvania
Renfrew, Pennsylvania
Wilkes Barre, Pennsylvania
Pickens, South Carolina
Crossville, Tennessee
Dickson, Tennessee
Maryville, Tennessee
Nashville, Tennessee (2 reports)
Purcellville, Virginia

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