First Editions Standing Ovation Serviceberry (Amelanchier alnifolia ‘Obelisk’)

First Editions Standing Ovation Serviceberry

  • Looks Wonderful All Year-Long
  • Uniform Columnar Form is Very Useful
  • Beautiful Spring Blooms Cover Strongly Fastigiate Branches
  • Butterflies Adore Serviceberry
  • Flowers Turn Into Edible Berries in June
  • Songbirds Love These “Juneberries”, Too
  • Pretty, Circular Leaves are Dark Green Through Growing Season
  • Leaves Turn an Incredible Red and Orange Fall Color
  • Excellent Tall Privacy Screen
  • Smooth Gray Bark
  • Beautiful Structure in Winter
  • Modern Cultivar of Native Shrub
  • Extremely Cold-Hardy
  • Versatile and Widely Adaptable

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 that is an excellent option for hedging and privacy. It can even be used as a specimen tree for small space gardens.

Standing Ovation – like all serviceberries – starts out 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!

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

Valuable Standing Ovation Serviceberry features near-vertical (called fastigiate) branch structure. It soars high above a typical chain link fence, but stays tight and compact width-wise.

With a beautiful form, Standing Ovation grows into an almost perfect oval. This shrub becomes a marvelously sharp specimen plant…many in a row make an eye-catching hedge or windbreak.

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 thrives in just about any well-drained soil. Cherish the opportunity to grow this outstanding selection, expertly grown by our Flowering Shrub team.

How to Use First Editions Standing Ovation Serviceberry in the Landscape

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.

They are shapely enough for use in your foundation planting. Add a matched pair flanking either side of your front door; or anchor the corner of your bungalow.

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 who actually like the serviceberries better!

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.

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.

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.

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!

Tips 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 is 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 Nature Hills Root Booster to create a symbiotic relationship with tiny feeder roots that never “wears out”. The roots will be better able to access micronutrients over the entire life of the plant.

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.

With a terrific form, Standing Ovation Serviceberry delivers a high-performance display in all seasons.

First Editions Standing Ovation Serviceberry (Amelanchier alnifolia ‘Obelisk’) Details

Common name First Editions Standing Ovation Serviceberry
Botanical name Amelanchier alnifolia 'Obelisk'
Plant type Deciduous
Hardiness zone 2-8
Growth rate Medium
Harvest time June
Height 12 - 15 ft.
Width 3 - 4 ft.
Sunlight Full Sun
Moisture Medium
Soil condition Well Drained
Pollinator-friendly Yes
Pruning time After Fruiting
Flower color White