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Amelanchier laevis 'R. J. Hilton'

Allegheny Serviceberry

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The R. J. Hilton serviceberry cultivar originated in Canada and features pink buds that open to white blooms on a tree-like form. Flowers, foliage and fruit are typical of the species.

Members of the genus Amelanchier offer four seasons of interest -- small white flowers (occasionally pinkish) in spring, edible berries in early summer, attractive foliage color in fall and interesting bark/branch structure in winter. Common names for amelanchier include juneberry and serviceberry and refer to the blueberry-like fruit edible by humans and much beloved by birds. The species range from small trees to large shrubs, usually multi-stemmed. Found at woodland's edge in the their native habitats, amelanchiers are best used in a naturalistic setting in the home landscape.

Amelanchiers are native to temperate areas of North America and, to a lesser extent, of Asia and Europe. The genus includes about 20 species; hybridization efforts have tended to focus on enhanced fall foliage color. The Chicago Botanic Garden's collection includes more than 30 varieties and over 450 plants.

Plant Shape
Full Sun, Partial Shade
Bloom Time
March - April
Bloom Color
Pink, White
Landscape Use
Wildlife Interest
Attracts Birds
Plant Type
Hardiness Zone
4 - 8