At Native Forest Nursery we grow bare root seedlings and #3 container trees. Our container trees are grown in a #3 air pruned pot. This root making container eliminates nearly all potential for root wrapping. This allows for an excellent root structure and delivers an extremely healthy tree. The bare root seedlings at our nursery are grown in a sandy loam soil with high organic matter content, which provides an extremely healthy environment for our seedlings. Our bare root liners and seedlings are hand lifted, packaged, and kept in cold storage until you are ready to plant. Conservation uses for our products include reclamation, mitigation, reforestation, restoration, wildlife habitat improvement and wetland uses. Horticultural uses for our products include field liners, container liners, landscape plantings, budding stock, grafting stock and ornamental uses.

Family: Rosaceae
Latin Name: Amelanchier x grandiflora 'Autumn Brilliance'
Foliage: Dark green
Fall Foliage: Orange-red
Bloom: White
Bloom Time: April
Shape: Rounded to spreading
Bark: Light gray and smooth
Sun: Full sun to part shade
Zone: Zone 4 to Zone 9
Size: 15 to 25 feet
Spread: 15 to 25 feet
Care: Medium, well drained soil

The Autumn Brilliance Serviceberry’s name may be a mouthful—and even more so is that of its binomial classification, Amelanchier x Grandiflora “Autumn Brilliance”—but this tiny tree harbors enough beauty, strength, and pluck to reinforce its pretty title. This species emerged as a hybrid concocted from the pairing of Amelanchier Canadensis (the Shadblow Serviceberry) and Amelanchier Laevis (the Allegheny Serviceberry), emerging as a multi-stemmed shrub that can alternatively be pruned and cultivated to become a small tree. It suckers less than those two predecessor plants, displays a greater tolerance towards less mild temperatures, and can adapt to a variety of soil conditions. The Autumn Brilliance Serviceberry also has a greater resistance against diseases and conditions such as leaf spot, though it can be susceptible to fire blight and mildew.

This deciduous member of the Rosaceae family has a 4-9 hardiness zone rating and grows best in full sun to partial shade, thriving in the medium, well-drained soils of America’s uplands. This specimen is a bit more compact than other serviceberry species, its rounded canopy scraping up to 15-25 ft. with a respective 15-25 ft. spread. Given its ornamental value and very aesthetic structure, the Autumn Brilliance Serviceberry is a prevalent choice for gardens, lawns, parking lots, roadside buffer strips, street sides, and patios, flourishing throughout all but the southernmost fringes of the United States.

The Autumn Brilliance Serviceberry’s ash-gray bark is delicate, smooth, and malleable; these attributes mean that its trunk can be easily damaged by impact, yet it also enables the tree to be trained to grow with one or multiple trunks. It requires minimal pruning to retain its sturdy upright structure. Yet this species is noted most for its lovely flowers and foliage. It produces lavish clusters of snow-white blossoms in April, emitting a faint and wonderful perfume which attracts a rich variety of pollinators. These flowers are later replaced by the tree’s tiny purple-black fruits, which are often used in jellies, jams, and other desserts. For most of the year, the Autumn Brilliance Serviceberry is also adorned with a lush canopy of dark green leaves, which, true to its name, transform into a brilliant autumnal canvas of fiery brushstrokes with colors ranging from orange and copper to burgundy.

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