Robin Hill Serviceberry
Botanical Name: Amelanchier x grandiflora ‘Robin Hill’
The Robin Hill Serviceberry is a beautiful and very cold hardy, small, deciduous tree. It grows in a rounded, oval shape, and its form is upright and open. It can be grown as a standard tree or multi-trunked. This tree grows to a height of 20 to 30 feet and a width of 18 feet. It is also known as Amelanchier x grandiflora ‘Robin Hill’ and is a cross between two North American Serviceberry species – Amelanchier canadensis (Shadblow Serviceberry) and Amelanchier laevis (Allegheny Serviceberry).
The Robin Hill Serviceberry is versatile for use in many types of landscapes – both big and small. It makes a good addition to habitat gardens, as well as adding moderately fine texture to a mixed border. ‘Robin Hill’ also works as a screening tree near decks and fences, as well as a foundation plant or specimen tree.
Amelanchier x grandiflora ‘Robin Hill’ provides interest throughout the seasons from bright pink buds covering the tree in April to vibrant colors in the fall. In early spring, the flowers open as the bright new leaves emerge. The blooms fade from pale pink to pure white as they develop, hanging in clusters above the leaves and providing nectar for bees.
In late spring or early summer, the Robin Hill Serviceberry produces blue fruits, similar to blueberries. These berries provide food for birds but usefully are not particularly attractive to deer. The oval-shaped leaves emerge in spring, and they mature to a deep, rich green as spring turns to summer. The fall color is a delightfully rich orange-red.
Height: 20-30 ft.
Width: 18 ft.
Shape: Rounded, Oval
Flower Color: Pink buds fade to white
Flowering Time: April
Fall Color: Orange, Red
Features: Bright fall color, spring flowers
Exposure: Full Sun to Part Shade
Watering: Moderate & Regular
Soil: Prefers moist, well-drained soil. Don’t let soil dry out. Tolerates a variety of soil types and range of pH.
Growth Rate: Moderate
USDA Zone: 4
Uses: Specimen tree, screening tree foundation tree, habitat gardens, woodland gardens, mixed borders
Similar trees: Amelanchier x grandiflora 'Autumn Brilliance'