Leaf Type: Deciduous
Mature Height: ~5-7 m (~15-25 ft)
Fall Color: Bright orangish-red
Native Range: Serviceberries have a wide range and are found in much of the eastern half of the United States as well as from Iowa to Maine and down to Louisiana and Florida.
Serviceberries are an ornamental tree species selected in landscape architecture for their impressive fall foliage, for which they get their common name. Although there are many species of serviceberry, they all have similar features.
Autumn brilliance serviceberries are small trees that usually have multiple trunks. The leaves are around three inches long, oval, and have pointed tips with teeth around the leaf’s edges. The underleaf is paler and is wooly. The fruit of serviceberries are very similar in look and taste to blueberries and are a favorite of birds and other wildlife. The berries are a bluish-purple color. The flowers are typically white but can be pinkish. They flower around April, but the berries are not ripe until June. We recommend not sampling the fruits & nuts of the trees and plants here at Adventure Science Center.
● In folklore, one story about how the serviceberry got its name is that the first settlers in the New England area often planned funeral services at the same time that the tree bloomed. Its blooming was a sign that the ground had thawed sufficiently to be able to dig graves, and the tree became commonly known as the serviceberry tree.
● Fruits from this tree are a common source of nutrition for birds and other wildlife.
● There are over 20 different species of serviceberries.
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This site has a rich human history, including the story of the Bass Street Community, one of the first Free Black neighborhoods in Nashville. Click here to learn more about St. Cloud Hill and its many inhabitants over the years.