This is a fantastic fruiting plant, one of the most delicious berries I have ever had the pleasure to eat – truly a taste sensation!
The Apple serviceberry , part of the Juneberry family, is a deciduous shrub growing to 6m by 4m. It is not frost tender.
This plant, also known as Snowy Mesipilus, produces masses of showy white flowers in April, and the fruits ripen from June to July. The fruits are followed by rich reds, yellows and golds as the leaves head into the autumn.
Apple serviceberry plants are self-fertile, they are not fussy about soil and can be grown in heavy clay soil. The plant prefers acid and neutral soils.
It can grow in semi-shade and it does require moist, but not wet, soil.
The fruit, which currant sized, is sweet and succulent and tastes of apples, my children love to eat these straight from the tree, but they can also be dried for later use. Apple serviceberries make great preserves and delicious puddings.
The fruit is apparently rich in iron and copper.