The Allegheny Serviceberry is also known as smooth shadbush, and is in the Rosaceae family.
Serviceberry is a great choice for almost any landscape. This medium to large sized bush works well naturalizing a field or along the woods edge. The Serviceberry makes a great hedge or privacy screen with wonderful wildlife benefits. In the urban landscape, it is a favorite ornamental bush which is routinely placed near patios or decks. The open crown produces a light shade. Come autumn, this plant produces nice shades of yellow, orange and red before dropping its leaves. As a bonus, Serviceberry is also tolerant of Black Walnut toxicity.
The berries produced by the Allegheny Serviceberry are a favorite of bakers for jam, pies and cobblers. Mature fruit is generally ready for harvest 45 to 60 days after the very early bloom; and typically ripen in late June or early July. Berry crops will generally be available to harvest within 3 to 5 years of planting and will produce an average of 4 to 6 lbs. of berries each season.