Autumn Brilliance Serviceberry

Amelanchier x grandiflora 'Autumn Brilliance'

Family: Serviceberry

Type: Tree

The Autumn Brilliance Serviceberry is a stunning, multi-seasonal plant. Known for its vibrant fall colors and edible berries, it’s a favorite among garden enthusiasts.

This deciduous shrub or small tree thrives in various climates. With its adaptable nature, it can enhance diverse garden styles.

Its flowers bloom in early spring, adding a delicate charm to any landscape. In summer, the foliage remains lush and vibrant, ideal for creating a green haven.

Needs & Preferences

Hardiness Zone: 3b-8b

Deer Resistant: Yes

Pet Friendly: Yes

Moisture Preference: Average to moist

Sun Needs: Full sun to partial shade


Growth Rate: Medium

Average Height (feet): 25

Average Spread (feet): 1.5

Average Life Span (years): 40

Form: Round


Flower Color: White

Bloom Season: In early spring

Foliage Color: Green

Leaf Fall Color: Red

Foliage Shape: Oval

Bark Color: Gray

Bark Texture: Smooth

Landscaping Your Yard With Autumn Brilliance Serviceberry

Integrating Autumn Brilliance Serviceberry in your yard brings year-round interest. It’s perfect for creating natural borders or as a standout specimen.

Its compact size makes it ideal for smaller gardens. Yet, its visual impact is significant, providing a focal point.

You can pair it with perennials for a dynamic garden layout. Its versatility in design is unmatched, blending well with various elements.


Suitable Garden Styles

Cottage Garden

In a cottage garden, the Autumn Brilliance Serviceberry adds a whimsical touch with its spring blossoms and fall colors. It harmonizes with flowering perennials, creating a charming and relaxed ambiance typical of this style.

Woodland Garden

In a woodland garden setting, this plant's naturalistic look complements ferns and shade-loving plants. Its ability to thrive under a canopy mirrors the understory beauty of a forest.

Modern Minimalist Garden

For a modern minimalist garden, the clean lines and simple structure of the Autumn Brilliance Serviceberry provide elegance. Its seasonal changes add interest without overwhelming the garden's sleek design.

Autumn Brilliance Serviceberry Landscaping Ideas

Create a bird-friendly garden with its berries attracting various bird species. It’s a natural way to bring wildlife into your yard.

Use it as a natural screen for privacy. Its dense foliage and height are perfect for creating secluded areas.

Plant it near a patio or window for a picturesque view. Its seasonal transformations offer a stunning backdrop.

Seasonal Interest


In spring, the Autumn Brilliance Serviceberry is a sight to behold with its white, star-shaped flowers. These blossoms set a serene and refreshing tone, signaling the start of a new gardening season.


During summer, its leaves are a rich green, providing a lush backdrop. The formation of deep purple berries adds a contrast, making it a visual treat in the summer garden.


Fall brings a fiery display of orange and red leaves. This transformation makes the Autumn Brilliance Serviceberry a focal point in autumn gardens, reflecting the quintessential colors of the season.


Even in winter, this plant holds its charm. The bare branches create an elegant silhouette against the winter sky, while the bark adds texture to the dormant garden.

Planting Tips

Where to Plant

The Autumn Brilliance Serviceberry thrives in a location with both sun and partial shade. Ideal spots include open areas with some afternoon shade or under the light canopy of larger trees.


This plant loves sunlight but appreciates some relief during the hottest part of the day. A spot that offers morning sun and afternoon shade is perfect for optimal growth.


Serviceberry prefers well-draining soil but is adaptable to various soil types. It's important to ensure the soil is not too wet or dry for the healthiest growth.


When planting multiple Serviceberry shrubs, maintain a distance of at least 10-15 feet. This spacing allows for ample growth and air circulation, preventing overcrowding.

When to Plant

The best time to plant the Autumn Brilliance Serviceberry is in early spring or fall. Cooler temperatures and moist soil during these seasons help the plant establish its root system.

How to Plant

Dig a hole twice as wide as the root ball but no deeper. Place the plant in the hole, ensuring it’s level with the ground, then backfill with soil, and water thoroughly.

Plant Care Tips


Regular watering is crucial in the first year after planting. Once established, Serviceberry is quite drought-tolerant but benefits from occasional deep watering in prolonged dry spells.


Fertilize in early spring with a balanced, slow-release fertilizer. Avoid over-fertilizing, which can lead to excessive growth at the expense of fruit and flower production.


Prune in late winter to remove dead or damaged branches. Light pruning to shape the tree can be done after flowering to avoid cutting off future berries.

By Season


Spring Care

In spring, mulch around the base to retain moisture and prevent weeds. Monitor for pests and diseases as new growth appears.

Summer Care

Ensure adequate watering during dry periods in summer. This is also a good time to check for pests or diseases and treat as necessary.

Fall Care

In fall, reduce watering to prepare the plant for dormancy. Rake away any fallen leaves to prevent fungal diseases.

Winter Care

No major care is needed in winter. However, protect young plants from severe cold with burlap wraps or mulch.


How Fast Does Autumn Brilliance Serviceberry Grow?

This plant grows at a moderate rate, typically adding 1-2 feet per year. With proper care, it can reach its full height of 15-25 feet in several years.

Are Serviceberries Edible?

Yes, the berries are edible and quite delicious. They can be eaten fresh, used in baking, or made into preserves.

Can It Grow in Containers?

While ideally planted in the ground, Autumn Brilliance Serviceberry can be grown in large containers. Ensure adequate space for root growth and consistent watering.

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