Garden serviceberry, also known as snowy mespilus is a European native. The upright, erect, multi-stemmed shrub is found on limestone outcrops and in rocky woods. The white spring flowers and edible blue berries attract birds and wildlife. This plant may be difficult to find in nurseries.
- Mixed border
- Large shrub (more than 8 feet),
- Medium shrub (5-8 feet)
- Full sun (6 hrs direct light daily),
- Partial sun/shade (4-6 hrs light daily)
- Zone 5 (Chicago),
- Zone 6,
- Zone 7
- Acid soil,
- Alkaline soil,
- Moist, well-drained soil
- Early winter,
- Early spring,
- Mid summer,
- Early fall
Tree & Plant Care
An upright, erect shrub reaching 3 to 9 feet high and wide
Prefers moist, well-drained soil in full sun, not tolerant of shay conditions.
May be difficult to find in nurseries.
Suitable pH: acid, neutral and basic (alkaline) soils.
Disease, pests, and problems
Fungal leaf spots, rust, fire blight
Native geographic location and habitat
Native to central and southern Europe, N. Africa, and Middle East
Attracts birds & wildlife
Fruit attract birds and other wildlife
Bark color and texture
Smooth and gray
Leaf or needle arrangement, size, shape, and texture
Alternate, oval to elliptical 2 to 3 inches long.
Green in summer changing to orange, red and yellow in fall
Flower arrangement, shape, and size
Erect, 5-petal flower clusters in early spring
Fruit, cone, nut, and seed descriptions
Blue fleshy edible berry