Mark A. Miller
Plant Common Name
Apple Serviceberry, Juneberry
This entry has yet to be reviewed and approved by L2G editors.
Birds will flock to the Juneberry for a taste berry treat in very late spring, and gardeners will sigh over the beauty of the white spring flowers and vibrant red and yellow fall foliage. Especially astute gardeners will manage to harvest the edible, sweet, purplish black fruits before the birds pluck them all from the tree.
Great debate and uncertainty remains as to the origins of this deciduous large shrub to small tree. Clearly native to eastern North America, taxonomists can't agree if it's a distinct species or the result of natural hybridization among other trees in the wild.
In mid-spring, the barren smooth and brownish gray branches display hundreds of five-petaled, white blossoms. Weeks later, hairy and white new shoots emerge, unfurling to bronzy purple and light green leaves. By late spring the leaves are deeper green and mask the developing fruits. In autumn, leaves flush red, but tissues near the veins transition from green to bright yellow.
Grow Juneberry in full sun to partial shade settings in any acidic, fertile, well-drained soil. A moist, humusy soil ensures the best health of the tree. Use it as a woodland tree or as a tall, informal windbreak or hedgerow. Its fruits, which taste and look much like blueberries, may be eaten out-of-hand or made into jams and jellies.
Clay, Loam, Sand