Amelanchier x grandiflora 'Autumn Brilliance'™ ('Autumn Brilliance'™ Serviceberry)
Excellent trade name recognition because it is clearly a superior clone across a wide variety of Midwest and Eastern US climates. Grows to 20-25 ft. and develops reliable red-orange autumn color. The showy multi-colored fruits are relished by birds, and it never becomes obtrusive in the landscape.
Shiny dark green leaves and abundant, white, pleasantly fragrant flowers showcase this classy American native. Much hardier than C. retusus, it performs best in full sun and is remarkably versatile - from moist lowlands to dry hillsides. Among the finest of ALL landscape plants, not just natives.
Still uncommon in cultivation, this is an exceptional ornamental tree. Like Wisteria, it is most noted for its drooping clusters of fragrant white flowers, touched with yellow in the center. Introduced into cultivation by André Michaux in 1796, its roots were chipped and boiled to yield a yellow dye for homespun fabrics before synthetic dyes became available. Adapted across a wide range of soil pH, it prefers a reasonably moist, yet well-drained soil with full sun and space to grow.
Shrubby tree with a prominently horizontal, tiered branch pattern, suggesting its common name. Flat clusters of fragrant May flowers add to its layered ornamental appearance. Blue-black fruits ripen in late summer, followed by bronze autumn foliage.
This species is prized for its small stature and remarkably beautiful flowers. The fragrant, nodding white blooms are accented by red stamens. Since this is a small tree, close inspection of the flowers is easy - a true delight! Although most references list it as zones 6-8, it has proved hardy at the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum, growing successfully in a windy Zone 4.
The extraordinary growth rate of this cultivar coupled with its precocious blooming character make it a lucrative item. Moonglow® will grow to 5 ft. and bloom within 2-3 years. Selected and named by Earl Cully, this clone is surprisingly hardy to -33ºF. Lemon-fragrant blooms over a long period in late spring.