First Editions® Standing Ovation™ Serviceberry

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Oh, the joys of native Serviceberry are many! This is truly a "four-season" plant that thrives from coast to coast and north to south. No wonder modern plant breeders are working hard to bring outstanding new cultivars to market!

First Editions® Standing Ovation™ Serviceberry (Amelanchier alnifolia 'Obelisk') is a hard-working erect variety! Standing Ovation™ - like all Serviceberries - starts the spring with a massive display of delicate white flowers that rivals the Dogwoods for showiness! These nectar-rich blooms entice butterflies like no other and arrive on the scene early and before the leaves appear!

In June, look for a small harvest of delicious edible berries that taste like blueberries and almonds. They can be eaten fresh in moderation, made into preserves, dried like raisins, baked into muffins, pressed for juice or wine, or simply left for the grateful songbirds in your area!

Valuable Standing Ovation™ Serviceberry features a columnar, near-vertical (called fastigiate) branch structure. With a beautiful, graceful form, Standing Ovation™ grows into an almost perfect oval! Attractive bark and forest green, circular leaves look great all season. Then in the fall, the round leaves change to red and orange lighting up your landscape in classic autumn colors.

A truly adaptable plant, this native hybrid thrives in just about any well-drained soil. Cherish the opportunity to grow this outstanding urban-tolerant selection, expertly grown by our flowering shrub team for gardens throughout USDA hardiness zones 2 through 8!

Planting and Application:

This shrub becomes a marvelously sharp specimen plant! Consider a single Standing Ovation™ Serviceberry as a small tree to decorate a courtyard. It will never outgrow the space. If planted strategically, it will even cast pleasant shade on your outdoor seating area. It can even be used as an accent tree for small-space gardens.

But their beauty is magnified when groupings and rows make an eye-catching hedge or windbreak! The 15-foot tall height soars high above a typical chain link fence, but stays tight and compact width-wise - growing only 4 feet in spread.

Standing Ovation™ is an excellent option for hedging and privacy. Standing Ovation™ Serviceberry should be planted 30 inches on center for a solid screen, measuring from the center of one to the center of the next. It will fill in and the canopies will touch.

Because this plant does produce edible berries, why not add it as a backdrop to a Victory Garden? The flowers bring many beneficial pollinators, and you'll create a more formal structure to this hard-working space.

Protect your cherry harvest with this old farmer's trick! - If you grow Cherry trees or Bush Cherries, plant a few Standing Ovation™ Serviceberries nearby. Both ripen at the same time, and you'll attract birds that prefer the Serviceberries better!

Partner with a smaller row of Aronia Chokeberry shrubs in a mixed shrub border. Use Standing Ovation™ to refine an Elderberry stand, or try them as an effective backdrop in Butterfly Gardens while attracting pest-eating beneficial insects galore!

They are shapely enough for use as anchors in your foundation planting. Or add a matched pair flanking either side of your front door, or anchor the corner of your bungalow. In a twist, why not use this plant as a very stylish hedging plant? Look for opportunities to boost your food security with this ornamental element of Edible Landscaping.

You can even keep these plants in oversized outdoor containers for many years, as they are tougher than they look. Create an exceptional display with a series of these extraordinarily cold-hardy shrubs along the railing of your balcony!

  • Beautiful White Spring Blooms Cover Strongly Fastigiate Branches
  • Pretty, Circular Leaves are Dark Green Through the Growing Season
  • Uniform Columnar Form is Very Useful
  • Humans & Songbirds Love These "Juneberries"
  • Leaves Turn an Incredible Red & Orange Fall Color
  • Beautiful Smooth Gray Bark & Structure in Winter
  • Modern Cultivar of Native Shrub
  • Excellent Tall Privacy Screen, Lawn & Street Tree Specimen!

#ProPlantTips for Care:

For best results, plant them in full sun where they get at least six hours of sunlight a day. You'll have the best fruiting and fall color with more sun! Native Serviceberry bushes are a widely adaptable species that can be found in nearly every state For landscape use, give Standing Ovation™ well-drained soil and apply a moderate amount of water on a regular basis.

We highly recommend the use of Nature Hills Root Booster during planting to create a symbiotic relationship with tiny feeder roots that never "wears out". Top-dress your planting site with a 3-4 inch thick layer of arborist mulch to hold in moisture and insulate the roots from the cold winters.

Wait to Prune until after the flowers are done. Use a light hand while pruning, and develop a plan before you get started for best results. You can renewal prune to maintain vigor by removing the oldest, fattest stems and least productive older branches out at the base of the plant. Remove no more than a third of the plant at a time every 3-5 years.

  • Full Sun For The Most Fruit
  • Moderate to Higher Moisture
  • Adaptive to a Variety of Well-Drained Soils
  • Prune After Flowering
  • Extremely Cold-Hardy Down To Zone 2
  • Versatile & Widely Adaptable

With a terrific form, First Editions® Standing Ovation™ Serviceberry delivers a high-performance display in all seasons. Order this top choice from us today and enjoy the year-long show for years to come!

Frequently Asked Questions

How tall does a Standing Ovation™ Serviceberry tree get?

The Standing Ovation™ Serviceberry can get a mature height of 20 - 25 feet tall and a mature spread of 10 - 15 feet wide.

How fast does a Standing Ovation™ Serviceberry tree grow?

The Standing Ovation™ Serviceberry is a medium-growth rate plant and can obtain several inches of growth a year in optimal conditions.

Where should I plant a Serviceberry tree?

Standing Ovation™ Serviceberry trees do best in partial to full sun. Plant trees in moderately moist well-drained soil.

Is Standing Ovation™ Serviceberry a tree or shrub?

The Standing Ovation™ Serviceberry is a multi-stemmed tree that often is shipped with its branches on the lower part of the plant intact and can be kept as a shrub form if you'd desire.

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Ever wonder what a larger plant will mean for your landscape? Container Sizes are really all about the age of the plant!

Seasonally, Nature Hills offers hand selected, high quality bare root trees, shrubs and perennials. Bare root plants are sold by height from the top of the root system to the top of the plant. Plants may be taller than the height minimums.

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Young Plants to 18 Months
Size Volume
2"x2"x3" Ranges from .18 to .21 dry quarts / .198 to .23 dry liters in volume
4.5" Container Equal to .65 dry quart / .72 dry liter in volume
Sprinter Pot Equal to .63 dry quart / .69 dry liter in volume
4" Container Ranges from .31 to .87 / .35 to .96 dry liter in volume
6" Container Equal to 1.4 dry quarts / 1.59 dry liters in volume
1 Quart Equal to 1 dry quart / 1.1 dry liter in volume
5.5" Container Equal to 1.89 of a dry quart / 2.08 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x5" Ranges from .8 to 1.1 dry quarts / .88 to 1.2 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x6" Ranges from 1.0 to 1.3 dry quarts / 1.1 to 1.41 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x9" Ranges from 1.1 to 2.1 dry quarts / 1.2 to 2.3 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x10" Ranges from 1.7 to 2.3 dry quart / 1.87 to 2.53 dry liters in volume
Plants 18 Months - 2.5 Years Old
Size Volume
2 Quart Equal to 2 dry quarts / 2.2 dry liters in volume
#1 Container Ranges from 2.26 to 3.73 dry quarts / 2.49 to 4.11 dry liters in volume
5"x5"x12" Equal to 3.5 to 4.3 dry quarts / 3.85 to 4.74 dry liters in volume
Plants 2 - 4 Years Old
Size Volume
#2 Container Ranges from 1.19 to 1.76 dry gallons / 5.24 to 7.75 dry liters in volume
#3 Container Ranges from 2.32 to 2.76 dry gallons / 10.22 to 12.16 dry liters in volume
Plants 3 - 5 Years Old
Size Volume
#5 Container Ranges from 2.92 to 4.62 dry gallons / 12.86 to 20.35 dry liters in volume
#6 Container Ranges from 5.25 to 6.01 dry gallons / 23.12 to 26.42 dry liters in volume
#7 Container Ranges from 5.98 to 6.08 dry gallons / 26.34 to 26.78 dry liters in volume

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First Editions® Standing Ovation™ Serviceberry Is Suited to Grow in Zones 2-8
Growing Zones 2-8
More Information
Brand First Editions
Botanical Name Amelanchier alnifolia 'Obelisk'
Type Deciduous
Mature Height 15 feet
Mature Spread 4 feet
Sun Exposure Full Sun
Soil Well Drained
Moisture Moderate
Growth Rate Medium
Flower Color White
Foliage Color Green
Fall Color Orange, Red
Harvest Time Mid Season
Pollinator Friendly Yes
Fruiting Time 3 - 5 years
Pruning Time After Fruiting
Fragrant Yes