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PlantFiles: Allegheny Serviceberry
Amelanchier laevis

Family: Rosaceae (ro-ZAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Amelanchier (am-uh-LAN-kee-er) (Info)
Species: laevis (LEE-viss) (Info)

One vendor has this plant for sale.

6 members have or want this plant for trade.


6-8 ft. (1.8-2.4 m)
8-10 ft. (2.4-3 m)
10-12 ft. (3-3.6 m)
12-15 ft. (3.6-4.7 m)

4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)

USDA Zone 3a: to -39.9 C (-40 F)
USDA Zone 3b: to -37.2 C (-35 F)
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)

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun
Sun to Partial Shade


Bloom Color:
White/Near White

Bloom Time:
Late Winter/Early Spring
Mid Spring


Other details:
This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds
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:
By grafting
By simple layering

Seed Collecting:
Unknown - Tell us

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3 positives
No neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive Rickwebb On Nov 14, 2014, Rickwebb from Downingtown, PA wrote:

Handsome small tree usually with several trunks with handsome gray, smooth bark, clean and neat habit, delicious purple fruit looking blueberry-like in June good for birds and humankind, usually good yellow to orange to red fall color. The leaves tend to be a little smaller than the very similar Downy Serviceberry, are hairless, and are purplish when emerging in spring. A number of cultivars are offered in the trade; some are listed here in Dave's Garden. Native nurseries often sell the straight species, and I bought one straight species for my backyard to cross pollinate with my two Apple Serviceberry trees in the backyard. Serviceberries often don't really need another variety to cross pollinate, as they bear good fruit anyway (apomixis), like a number of the similar Chokeberry
(Aronia) shrubs. After a long, cool, wet spring, serviceberries can suffer some from Cedar Rust disease.

Positive myriban On Apr 26, 2011, myriban from Northeast region, NJ (Zone 6b) wrote:

Great tree for a small garden - handles some shade and native in NJ! Bark is pretty, smooth and grey in winter...beautiful white flowers in spring and great orangey-yellow color in fall!

Positive lmelling On Nov 29, 2004, lmelling from Ithaca, NY (Zone 5b) wrote:

We have quite a few of these shrubs that were living on our property (a meadow) before we built our house. These fine old bushes serve as shelter for many of the birds here and have nice mid-green foliage in spring and summer and are quite pretty in fall.

We have a clump that we prune back quite a bit in late winter as it tends to get leggy, this helps keep it shapely. Several of the bushes on the back of the property died out in 2004 - possibly it was either their time, or the wet seasons of 2003-2004 did them in. They were in an area coming out of the woods that holds quite a bit of ground water and it is quite marshy up there, especially now, after the rains of 2004.

Don't be afraid to prune this shrub hard, it bounces back within a season and looks much better for it!


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

Grayslake, Illinois
Silver Spring, Maryland
Wyckoff, New Jersey
Ithaca, New York
Downingtown, Pennsylvania
Lansdowne, Pennsylvania
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Nashville, Tennessee

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