Autumn Brilliance Serviceberry

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The Autumn Brilliance Serviceberry is an excellent, smaller tree with multi-season interest. It has very showy white flowers that precede to a purplish edible fruit in June. The excellent glossy blue-green leaves turn brilliant red-orange in fall complimented by nice and smooth gray colored stems. Mature size is around 20-25' tall x 15' wide. (For the clump form see shrubs).

Planting & Care for Trees – Serviceberry Trees

Preparation

  • Easily grown in average, medium moisture, well-drained soil in full sun to part shade. Tolerant of a somewhat wide range of soils, but prefers moist, well-drained loams.
  • Root suckers are common, and if not removed, will result in a shrubby growth habit for the plant.
  • Berries resemble blueberries in taste and may be used in jams, jellies and pies. 
  • 'Autumn Brilliance' has brilliant orange-red fall color (hence the cultivar name).
  • This serviceberry tree has an attractive understory tree for lawns, shrub borders, woodland margins or native plant areas.
  • Great plant for bird gardens (birds love the berries)!

Opening Plant Material

  • B&B - Soak root ball very well.
  • Containers - Completely saturate all container plants by putting in a larger container of water until stops bubbling, remove. Now you’re ready to plant.
  • Each type of plant has an illustration on how to plant if you scroll down and click on the orange rectangular box “Handling & Plant Guidelines”.

Planting B&B trees

  • Plant B&B trees in spring or fall. A good indicator if you can still plant is if the ground is still workable you’re good to go. If a hard frost is expected be sure to hold off on planting.
  • Dig a hole at least 6" wider and no deeper than the size of the ball on the plant. Rotate the plant to the proper position. Never lift or move trees by the tops.
  • Notice where the base of the trunk flairs out from the tree. This is called the root flair. This root flair should show when the tree is planted. If necessary, add soil under the ball so the root flair is exposed.
  • Place fertilizer packets into the bottom of the hole (if purchased). *Use Our Recommended Fertilizer
  • Backfill ½ of the hole with soil and completely saturate the soil with water.
  • Once the tree is straight and located as desired, cut and remove twine. Then, remove or bend back top ⅓ of metal basket. Lastly, remove exposed burlap from top of ball
  • Fill the hole to the top of the ball with soil, then soak well with water and let settle.
  • The top of the root ball should be visible and slightly higher than the soil around it.
  • Add mulch on top of soil making sure to not put mulch against the trunk or stems.
  • See our link below “Handling & Planting Guidelines” for illustrations on planting.

Planting containers

  • Slide plant from pot by tapping on the bottom of the pot.
  • Dig a hole no deeper than the depth of the container and 6" or more, making sure it’s wider on the sides
  • With shovel or knife trim bottom 2" off of the root ball for plants in plastic containers.
  • Rotate the plant to the proper position. Never lift or move plants by the tops.
  • Place the root ball in the hole.
  • Notice where the base of the trunk flairs out from the tree. This is called the root flair. This root flair should show when the tree is planted. If necessary, add soil under the ball so the root flair is exposed.
  • Place fertilizer packets into the bottom of the hole (if purchased). *Use Our Recommended Fertilizer.
  • Backfill the hole with soil, making sure the top of the root ball is visible and slightly higher than the soil around it.
  • Firm the soil around the plant. Water well to settle soil around the root ball.

Pruning - After Planting 

  • B&B & containers - Although it is not essential for B&B or containers to be pruned after planting, a light pruning for shape, to remove any broken branches from shipping, or to thin out a heavily branched plant will help in the transplanting process and in the appearance of your new planting.

Pruning - Through-out the Season

  • Prune your serviceberries once a year in late winter or early spring before new leaves emerges. Remove dead, diseased or crossing branches. Leave plenty of the previous year’s growth (the plants flower on this wood).

Watering - After Planting

  • Plants typically take approximately 6 weeks to establish new roots in your soil. During this period, water plants as often as every 2-4 days at the start and at least a minimum of once per week.
  • Beyond the 6 week establishment period, water once per week, unless rains occur.
  • Stick your finger into the soil around 3” to check soil moisture.

Watering - Through-out the Season

  • After the first season, plants should only be watered during extended periods without rain.
  • How do you know if your plants need water? The easiest way to tell is to touch the soil around the roots. If it is moist, there is no need to water. If it is dry, give it a good soaking with the hose end (no nozzle) watering the soil only, not the leaves.
  • Stick your finger into the soil around 3” to check soil moisture.

 

Go to our "Plant Features & Video Tab" for more information & tips on caring and maintaining this plant.

Handling & Planting Guidelines

Special Features & Videos for Serviceberry Trees

Special Plant Features & Tips

  • The Autumn Brilliance Serviceberry is an excellent, smaller tree with multi-season interest.
  • It has very showy white flowers that precede to a purplish edible fruit in June.
  • The excellent glossy blue-green leaves turn brilliant red-orange in fall complimented by nice and smooth gray colored stems.
  • Mature size is around 20-25' tall x 15' wide. (For the clump form see shrubs).
  • Easily grown in average, medium moisture, well-drained soil in full sun to part shade. Tolerant of a somewhat wide range of soils, but prefers moist, well-drained loams.
  • Root suckers are common, and if not removed, will result in a shrubby growth habit for the plant.
  • Berries resemble blueberries in taste and may be used in jams, jellies and pies. 
  • 'Autumn Brilliance' has brilliant orange-red fall color (hence the cultivar name).
  • This serviceberry tree has an attractive understory tree for lawns, shrub borders, woodland margins or native plant areas.
  • Great plant for bird gardens (birds love the berries)!
  • Prune your serviceberries once a year in late winter or early spring before new leaves emerges. Remove dead, diseased or crossing branches. Leave plenty of the previous year’s growth (the plants flower on this wood).

How to plant containers

 

How & When to Prune Trees

ItemApprox Weight (lbs.)Approx Base Dimensions (diameter)Approx Height
#7 Grow Bag** 35-50 14-16" 5-8'
#10 Grow Bag** 55-70 18" 6-8'
#15 Grow Bag** 65-80 22" 6-10'
#20 Grow Bag** 75-100 24" 8-12'
1 1/4" B&B** 250-500 22" for single stems, 28" for multiple stems  8-11'
1 1/2" B&B** 325-600 24" for single stems, 30" for multiple stems  10-12'
2" B&B** 500-700 28" for single stems, 32" for multiple stems 10-14'
2 1/2" B&B** 600-1000 30" for single stems, 36" for multiple stems 10-15'
3" B&B** 850-1000 34"-36"  12-16'
3 1/2" B&B** 1000 36"  12-18'
10' B&B** 250 22"  10'
12' B&B** 325 24"  12'
14' B&B** 500 28" 14'
16' B&B** 600 30"  16'
2' B&B** 50 12-16"  2'
3' B&B** 60-250 16-22"  3'
4' B&B** 250 22-24" 4'
5' B&B** 325 22-24"  5'
6' B&B** 150-325 16-24" 6'
7' B&B** 500-700 28-32"  7'
8' B&B** 600-700 14-30"  8'
9' B&B** 700 32"  9'
#3 container* Less than 35  10" 10" 
#5 container** 40 11" 10.5" 
#7 container** 60 14" 12" 
#10 container** 80 14" 14 
#20 container** 160 19.5" 17" 
Bare Root* varies, but always lighter no soil on roots varies depending on item

*#1 - #3 containers and bare root are the only items that can be shipped FedEx and/or by our delivery trucks (see below for more information regarding pick-up and local delivery. 

**Any items over 100 Ibs., #5 - #20 containers or B&B can only be delivered by our trucks due to FedEx shipping weight and size restrictions. Our trusted trucks only deliver around a 100 miles radius from our corporate office in Waterloo, Wisconsin. Any item you order can be picked-up at our corporate office in Waterloo, Wisconsin or our new retail garden center Winterland Nursery for free (bare root orders cannot be picked up at Winterland due to lack of bare root coolers). See our estimated delivery schedule here

Growing Zones: 3-8

Bloom Time: May
Color: Blue, Green, Orange, Purple, Red, White
Plant Size: 20-25' tall x 15' wide
Flower Color: White
Fall Color: Red-orange
Fruit: Purple
Sunlight: Full Sun to Partial Shade
Soil Conditions: Normal, Sandy, Clay, Acidic, Wet, Dry
Low Maintenance: Yes
Deer Resistant: No
Attracts Butterflies: Yes
Attracts Bees: Yes
Attracts Birds: Yes
Edible: Yes
Native: Yes

Product Reviews

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This Tree is Beautiful and Makes Good Pie
By Steph on August 15, 2017
When I lived out west, I would pick service berries in the wild to make jam and pie filling. When I saw that McKay sold a service berry tree, I ordered a big one. This beauty is a wonderful addition to my fruit tree collection. It is a sturdy tree and has grown very well, sets a ton of fruit, and provides a colorful show when its leaves change color in the fall (hence the name). Whether you want to donate the fruit to the neighborhood birds or protect them for a future slice of pie, you will be doubly rewarded by the color-changing foliage. I recommend this tree as a unique and attractive addition to anyone's yard.

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