How to Manage Pests

Pests in Gardens and Landscapes

Serviceberry, Shadbush— Amelanchier spp.
Family Rosaceae (Rose family)

Plant Identification

Serviceberries are deciduous shrubs or small trees.  New leaves in spring are purplish and turn dark green in the summer.  Leaves become yellow, orange, or red in the fall.  Clusters of white or pink flowers bloom in spring followed by production of small berries that attract birds.  Berries are often used in pies and jams. 

Optimum conditions for growth

Serviceberries do best in areas with full sun or partial shade.  Plant in a site where fruit drop won’t be a problem.  Provide moderate to regular amounts of water.  Prune after bloom to remove old, damaged, or crossing branches.

Leaves of serviceberry

Developing fruit of serviceberry

Pests and disorders of Amelanchier spp.



Environmental disorders



Serviceberry, Amelanchier alnifolia 'Regent'

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