Though often celebrated for its spring flowers and edible summer berries, Amelanchier laevis also boasts brilliant fall color. The High Line's collection of Allegheny serviceberry trees (a common nickname) is currently at its peak color and compliment the yellowing foliage of the birch trees.
Choose a site that satisfies the serviceberry's preferences: part sun or shade, and moist, well-drained soil. Many sources recommend interplanting with evergreens, for the contrast of color in the fall. It is intolerant of salt and drought, two things to keep in mind when planting in New York City.
WHERE TO FIND THIS PLANT:
Amelanchier laevis can be seen on the High Line between Gansevoort and West 13th Street, between West 20th and West 22nd Streets, and between West 25th and West 27th Streets.
The High Line's planting design is inspired by the self-seeded landscape that grew up between rail tracks after the trains stopped running in the 1980s. Today, the High Line includes more than 500 species of perennials, grasses, shrubs, and trees – each chosen for their hardiness, adaptability, diversity, and seasonal variation in color and texture. Some of the species that originally grew on the High Line's rail bed are reflected in the park landscape today. Every week we share one of our gardeners' current favorites with you.
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