Snowy Mespilus, June berry, Serviceberry, Apple Serviceberry

Amelanchier lamarckii

Family: Rosaceae (ro-ZAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Amelanchier (am-uh-LAN-kee-er) (Info)
Species: lamarckii (la-MARK-ee-eye) (Info)




Foliage Color:


Bloom Characteristics:

This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds

Flowers are fragrant

Water Requirements:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Requires consistently moist soil; do not let dry out between waterings

Where to Grow:

Unknown - Tell us


10-12 ft. (3-3.6 m)

12-15 ft. (3.6-4.7 m)

15-20 ft. (4.7-6 m)

20-30 ft. (6-9 m)


24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

36-48 in. (90-120 cm)

8-10 ft. (2.4-3 m)

15-20 ft. (4.7-6 m)

20-30 ft. (6-9 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)

USDA Zone 10a: to -1.1 C (30 F)

Sun Exposure:

Full Sun

Sun to Partial Shade

Light Shade



Bloom Color:

White/Near White

Bloom Time:

Mid Spring


Grown for foliage


Good Fall Color

Other details:

Unknown - Tell us

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 hardwood cuttings

From hardwood heel cuttings

From seed; direct sow outdoors in fall

From seed; winter sow in vented containers, coldframe or unheated greenhouse

From seed; stratify if sowing indoors

From seed; germinate in a damp paper towel

From seed; germinate in vitro in gelatin, agar or other medium

By grafting

Seed Collecting:

Remove fleshy coating on seeds before storing

Seed does not store well; sow as soon as possible


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

Cincinnati, Ohio

Liverpool, Pennsylvania

Gardeners' Notes:


On Jan 17, 2015, coriaceous from ROSLINDALE, MA wrote:

This is a popular garden plant in the UK and Europe, where it is widely naturalized.

Its origin is shrouded in mystery. Though it or its parents must have originated in N. America, it has never been found here in the wild. BONAP does not record a single occurrence.

Some experts believe it to be a naturally occurring hybrid that comes true from seed and designate it as A. x lamarckii. Of the hybrid theorists, some claim the parentage to be A. canadensis x A. laevis, while others assert the parentage to be A. arborea x A. laevis and find synonymity with A. x grandiflora.

Plants in commerce are often confused with other species.


On Jan 17, 2015, pmmGarak from Gppingen,
Germany (Zone 7b) wrote:

Beautiful flowers and beautiful autumn leaves, but the best part are the berries - both because of their flavor and the fact that still most people are shocked when you eat them ;-)

I've got one right beside my garden gate to have a few berries right when I get home from work.


On Jun 4, 2008, slyperso1 from Richland, MI (Zone 5b) wrote:

Amelanchier is tough multi-stemmed tree Requiring minimum pruning or maintenance that will tolerate extremes of cold and wet, is late frost hardy, I had a tree with spring leave exposed to 4 days of 25F and I did not sustain any damage to the leaves or flowers. It is tolerant of urban pollution, and is tolerant of neutral soil, but prefer amended acidic soil.
Do best in full sun.
Good fall color
Good spring flower

Single stem also found but is prone to breakage from ice and will grow a weak trunk.

Fruit are slightly smaller than a blueberry; they taste between a strawberry and an apple, and a lot less acidic
Seeds are much bigger than blueberry.

Flavor is more refined than a blueberry.


On May 5, 2008, incomer44 from Sheffield,
United Kingdom (Zone 8a) wrote:

Impressive when in blossom. But wind quickly removes the blossom. With good weather the blossom can last up to two weeks, but in my location it is normally less than this: sometimes is only a couple of days. If you plant this, it needs to be out of the wind.


On Apr 29, 2005, philomel from Castelnau RB Pyrenes,
France (Zone 8a) wrote:

This plant is often confused with, or mislabelled as, A. laevis and/or A. canadensis, but is distinct from both of these. It is native to N. America but is naturalised in Europa and Asia. It has frothy white flowers in spring followed by dark edible fruits in June. The fruits are very attractive to birds, who may strip the crop before it is ripe, which is a shame from the humans' point of view as they make very good eating when ripe if grown in favourable conditions. The leaves colour beautifully in autumn. It likes woodland conditions, with acidic damp soil and plenty of humus. In the strongly sunny climates of southern europe it welcomes shade for part of the day, though in the UK it enjoys full sun.
It can be grown as a specimen tree or multi-stemmed tree/shrub. It also makes a v... read more