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Other Names

Chuckley Pear
Wild Pear
Wild Plum

Serviceberry Plants

There are more than twenty species of serviceberries in North America, commonly known by many different names. Serviceberry plants can grow from ten to twenty feet tall, and around 5 feet wide. Serviceberry plant leaves turn a brilliant red in the fall. Serviceberry plants have smooth and round berries.

Grow Serviceberry

Serviceberry is especially fond of rocky soils. Serviceberry likes to grow in full, hot sun and in a location with good drainage. Serviceberry is usually grown hardiness zones 3 to 8. In the first two years water your serviceberry plant when the top inch of soil is dry. After that just water occasionally during long dry spells.

Serviceberry Uses

Native Americans dried Serviceberries into loaves for later use in soups and stews. Serviceberry juice was used as a dye. Serviceberries are used today in jams and jellies. Serviceberry can be used to make wine. Serviceberry flowers are grouped in fragrant, showy white clusters so it is commonly used as an ornamental plant.

Serviceberry Facts

Serviceberries are a good source of iron and copper. Serviceberries start out red and ripen to dark purple. Serviceberry have a small, tender seed.

Serviceberry Farms

It may be possible to find any serviceberry farms near your location. We have built a map that will show all of the berry farms in our directory!

Serviceberry Stories

Does it matter which serviceberry tree I get?
Serviceberries can come down with a variety of diseases and bugs, so no one choice is immune to everything. Still, the risk is low enough that I think serviceberry is a good landscape choice, especially when you weight the benefits, including edible ... (blog) [ story ]

Some birds begin to migrate in late summer
... few weeks prior to a major migration. Researchers have found they select deeply pigmented fruits that are rich in antioxidants. ... They were on the prowl throughout July for wild cherries, service berries, and raspberries. August brought brought ... Asheville Citizen-Times [ story ]

Diversify your landscape
There was a huge variety of plants, all shapes, colors and sizes, some with flowers and fruits, and some that were simply architectural. We spent the rest of the walk along the edge, with her darting in and out of the woods. The fact that the edge of ... Kenosha News [ story ]

Photo - Kollar Nursery - Pylesville, Maryland
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