Apple Serviceberry – Will They Thrive?

Q: My local nursery has some apple serviceberry trees that have four to five trunks. Would this species thrive here?

A: Apple serviceberry is Amelanchier x grandiflora. ‘Autumn Brilliance’ is a popular cultivar. This and other Amelanchier species are native plants and should perform well here. I love the short racemes of white flowers in spring and the reddish-purple fruits that follow. I fight the birds in early summer to enjoy eating them.