Service Berry is a gorgeous plant with something to offer all four seasons. It can be grown as a large shrub or small tree. It takes up minimum space but gives back a lot with little care. It starts with beautiful white flowers in the spring. By summer, these ripen into delicious purple berries that attract birds. In autumn the plant's bright green leaves turn vibrant shades of red and orange. Its silvery bark offers a surprising elegance.
The berries which give the plant its name are entirely edible and can be eaten fresh off the tree or made into jams, jellies or wine. The berries are also called Saskatoon berries, and they are juicy and sweet. They do attract birds, providing a valuable source of food for wildlife, if you choose the berries on the shrub. Service Berry is a very hardy plant, eager to tolerate your coldest winter. It readily grows wild along the edges of highways but has the appeal needed for a place in your garden or yard. It thrives in the sun, or part shade and many varieties are drought resistant. It grows well as a single specimen or can be planted into a bed or hedge. With its natural care, stunning looks and tasty crop of berries, this plant is ready to be pressed into "service" for you.
Mature Height: 6-25 ft.
Mature Width: 4-20 ft.
Growth/Year: 0-1 ft.
Sunlight: Full Sun, Part Sun or Shade
Soil Conditions: Adaptable to various soils
Botanical Name: Amelanchier selections | Service Berry
Green Leaf Japanese Maple
The Green Leaf Japanese Maple is a species of large shrub or small tree that will grow in hardiness zones 5 to 8, has left of a soft green color, reaches a mature height and width of up to 25 feet, and is a tree that looks very delicate and beautiful in full maturity. The scientific name for this airy plant is Acer palmatum, and this article will discuss why owning one makes perfect sense!
An Acer Palmatum grows best in well-drained, moist acid soil. These trees can flourish in part sun/part shade or full shade, and do well in colder climates. The look of these trees is a low, dense symmetrical top which assumes a layered look. This plant can even be planted and grown in a small pot, like a bonsai, and can be planted near patios for an excellent shade tree near a residence, business or alongside a street.
The Japanese red maple tree, or Bloodgood Acer Palmatum, is a deciduous tree with red leaves that develop up to 20 feet tall, has a 20-foot spread and grows best in zones 5, 6, and 7. The leaves of this tree are smaller than traditional maples leaves and much narrower and delicate in appearance. In the fall the leaves turn from a purple-hued red to a deeper crimson color that makes them stand out amazingly in any landscape.
The leaves on the Bloodgood Acer Palmatum or Japanese red maple tree appear in early spring and remain on well through autumn. At their mature height and spread, they can have the appearance of a large bush. These characteristics make it an appealing addition to any landscape because its color fight off the winter grays and its stature make it easy to maintain. This tree thrives best in well-drained moist soil and partial sun or filtered shade. Exposing the tree to the full hot sun can damage the leaves and dry out the root system. Watering in the early morning is recommended before the intense heat of the day sets in.
Rose of Sharon or Hibiscus syriacus, is a sun-loving shrub that doesn’t need much water. It can survive drier soil conditions and also in areas with partial shade but does better in full sunlight. It is popular in the Southeastern United States for that reason. It grows best in the plant hardiness zones 5-9. A mature plant will reach 8ft with a minimum height of the 6ft and maximum height of 10ft. It can achieve a width of 6ft but usually stays around 5 to 4ft when pruned.
These shrubs are great for gardens because they have late blooms in the summer and can also be pruned in the winter or before. It is a deciduous plant, so it will lose its leaves in the winter after it has bloomed. Contrary to popular belief, this plant is not a rose and is more closely related to a hibiscus flower.
The Red Rocket Crepe Myrtle is an outstanding red-flowering variety of the Crepe Myrtle tree that grows in hardiness zones of 6 to 9; they should not be planted in soil that is too deep and will grow poorly in soils that are wet; they will also reach a mature height of 15-25 feet and a mature width of about 10-20 feet. This variety of plant is very hardy and will be easy to grow and care for over the years. Read on to discover three exciting pieces of information about this magnificent tree.
1. Although the Red Rocket Crepe Myrtle requires regular watering and fertilizing schedule first to establish a deep and extensive root system, Red Rocket is drought-resistant and need very little water and pruning once they quickly rocket to full size! Plant these trees in direct sunlight with good air circulation and well-drained soil for the most significant and brightest blooms.