Apple Serviceberry is a hybrid between the Downy Serviceberry and the Allegheny Serviceberry ( Amelanchier arborea X Amelanchier laevis ). The resulting hybrid is known as Amelanchier x grandiflora. It is likely a natural hybrid occurring where the two species grow together.
The Apple Serviceberry has larger flowers than either of its parents making it even more showy in the early spring. The abundant fruit is slightly larger and equally delicious. It is very attractive to fruit eating birds like Cedar Waxwings.
The tree is an understory tree that can grow in full shade but will produce more fruit with at least 4 hours of full sun. It will bloom in April before the leaves on larger trees have fully come out.