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It’s hard to be in a bad mood with this tree outside your window. Early in the year, Lustre® Allegheny Serviceberry unleashes a profusion of sparkling white flowers in a joyful tribute to spring. The translucent blossoms glow in the sunshine, humming with happy pollinators. In summer, the blooms have morphed into juicy, purple-black berries, and songbirds swoop in for the free lunch. They are entertaining to watch as they nab every last fruit from the branches. In fall, the lustrous foliage of Lustre® Serviceberry takes on gorgeous scarlet-orange tones. Plant this soul-soothing tree outside your home office window, and make paying bills a little less painful!
Serviceberry may not be a household word, but this tree is more common than you think. There are species of Serviceberries that are native to every state of the Union except for Hawaii. In some areas, they are called shadbush, because they bloom with the spawning of the shad fish. They are also known as Juneberries for the period when you should look for their sweet fruit. Most Serviceberries are shrubby trees that tend to sucker a lot. The Lustre® Allegheny Serviceberry suckers less than most, making it an excellent specimen tree or street tree. It was introduced by Carlton Plants of Dayton, Oregon.
Don’t let the birds have all the fun. Grab some Lustre® Serviceberry fruits for your morning cereal. These blueberry-like morsels are a delightful seasonal treat that you won’t find at the grocery store. Plus, they’re loaded with vitamin C and valuable antioxidants!
How to Grow
Fall color on the Lustre® Serviceberry will be most intense in full sun, but the foliage quality will be best if the tree receives some shade during the hottest part of the day. The soil should be enriched with organic matter, moist but well drained. A generous layer of wood chips or shredded bark mulch will help to hold in moisture and moderate temperatures in the root zone. Irrigate with the Bower & Branch Elements™ Watering System and feed with Elements™ Fertilizer to get your tree off to a good start. Prune out suckers promptly if they do appear and keep trimmers and other lawn equipment away from the trunk, as the bark of Lustre®—like all Serviceberries—is thin and vulnerable to damage.
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Size B Trees:
The single stem form ships at 8-10' tall and well branched having a stem caliper of about 1 - 1 1/2."
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