Using a Serviceberry in your Landscape

The serviceberry, or Juneberry, tree is an ornamental fruit tree that also makes a fantastic landscape plant. European countries use the serviceberry in landscaping, and even as part of their public parks and streets. This tree is a hardy plant that grows almost anywhere. You can find them ranging in size from a small bush to a massive tree nearly 30 feet tall.


The serviceberry provides a generous display of flowers early in the year. Some types of serviceberry produce leaves at the very end of winter. As a result, they are ideal plants to add color to a garden at the beginning of March. They generally produce clumps of white flowers by late April and can produce fruit as early as June.


The serviceberry also makes a great screening tree; you can plant the larger varieties for greater privacy in the spring to fall. Use smaller bushes to fill in gaps among hedgerows. In addition, you can prune the serviceberry tree to encourage a single bark growth, or you may leave it to produce suckers and take on the appearance of a bush.

Animals and Other Plants

A serviceberry tree in your landscape can also benefit other trees and plants around it. It attracts birds and wildlife, including those precious pollinators that are required to help flowers grow.