Amelanchier Autumn Brilliance
Amelanchier 'Autumn Brilliance' photo Mt Cuba Research Station


'Autumn Brilliance'  is a small, deciduous, usually multi-trunked understory tree or tall shrub which typically matures to 4-5 meters. Flowers bloom in April followed by small edible fruits in June (hence the sometimes used common name of Juneberry for amelanchiers). Berries resemble blueberries in taste and may be used in jams, jellies and pies. Birds are very fond of the berries. Finely-toothed, oval-lanceolate leaves emerge with bronze tints in spring, mature to dark green from late spring throughout summer before finally turning brilliant red to orange-red in fall. 

  • Height: 4.6-6 m (15-20 ft)
  • Spread: 4.6-6 m (15-20 ft)
  • Hardiness: Zone 4-9
  • Sun or Shade: sun to partial shade
  • Bloom Time: early spring to early summer
  • Leaf Colour: green
  • Bloom Colour: white
  • Nature Attraction: birds

Growing and Maintenance Tips

'Autumn Brilliance' is easily grown in average, medium moisture, well-drained soil in full sun to part shade. It is tolerant of a  wide range of soils, but prefers moist, well-drained loams. Root suckers are common, and if not removed, will result in a shrubby growth habit for the plant.