Serviceberry (Amelanchier sp), is a small forest tree that gives the promise of spring. It is one of the first to bloom with delicate white flowers. There are many varieties of serviceberry including Allegheny serviceberry (Amelanchier laevis), Autumn Brilliance Apple serviceberry (Amelanchier x grandiflora 'Autumn Brilliance'), Downy serviceberry (Amelanchier arborea), and Saskatoon serviceberry (Amelanchier alnifolia). There are others but these seem to be the most popular in the Nebraska/Iowa area.
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It prefers partially sunny to partially shaded sites at the edges of fields and woodlands. It grows in full sun to partial shade (best
performance in partially sunny
Serviceberry prefers moist, acidic, rich soils, but adapts to dry soils of acidic, neutral, or
In natural sites, early summer fruits are relished by birds and mammals, while the thick canopy is a frequent nesting site for small birds.
Serviceberry is also known other several other names including Sarvis Tree, Shadbush, and Juneberry. The Allegheny and Saskatoon serviceberry are native to parts of Nebraska and Iowa. The Saskatoon Serviceberry has a large sweet fruit that can be used for jellies and jams. Some are grown for profit.