Downy Serviceberry

All About the Downy Serviceberry:

Scientific Nomenclature: Amelanchier arborea

Common Names: downy serviceberry, common serviceberry, juneberry, shadblow, shadbush, sarvis

Mature Height: 25–30 feet

Mature Spread: 10–15 feet

Growth Rate: Moderate  

Attracts Wildlife: Birds, pollinators and mammals.

Messiness: Small fruits resembling blueberries or purple crabapples mature in the spring and persist through summer, dropping in early autumn. Leaves drop in autumn.

Shape: Round

Native to Kentucky: Yes

Preferred Soils: Downy Serviceberry tolerates a wide range of conditions. Acidic (<6.0pH) or neutral (6.0–8.0pH) sandy, loam or well-drained clay soils are preferred but serviceberry is tolerant of both occasionally wet and dry soils.

Screening: Can be useful as a barrier or screening plant, especially in mass plantings.

Drought Tolerance: It does not tolerate drought well and should be watered during dry periods.

Coniferous or Deciduous: Deciduous

Pruning: Prune suckers from near the base of the plant to retain the desired form and keep it from gaining a “weedy” appearance.

Climate Quick Facts:

Following being planted as a sapling, over 20 years one downy serviceberry will:

  • Sequester ~1,037 pounds of CO2.
  • Reduce stormwater runoff by 323 gallons.