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Location: Ottawa, Canada -- Zone 4b/5a
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Can anyone identify this tree which was planted by the builder?

I suspect it's a Serviceberry (Amelanchier) from the look and taste of it. It's the first year I noticed fruit on it and hasn't grown much in the four years I've been here.

Thanks,
Kris
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I have that serviceberry (regent) outside in my garden, ate some berry off it just last week.
It's max height at maturity after 20 years in the ground is only 4ft.
http://www.missouribotanicalgarden.org/PlantFinder/PlantFinderDetails.aspx?kempercode=s410

How tall is the one that you have. Mine doesn't seem to grow much.
I also have another one that is a bit taller, I think it is prince edward or something
 
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The tree is about 10-11 feet tall but very little growth from year to year. It's maybe 6 feet wide at most. I'm not sure if that's typically for a Serviceberry or if it's my zone. I have two Haskap amd I've seen huge growth since i bought them last year.
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It seems it was highly pruned when planted, and this probably stunted the growth. Seems to be putting on good shoots this year, and should increase.

Depending on the species it might want to sucker at the base, and be more shrub like. It is hard to tell the species apart, and even in native nurseries they are not sure.

Might be Amelanchier × grandiflora 'Autumn Brilliance', which is cultivated for autumn color and is a hybrid so non viable seeds (probably).
 
Kris Minto
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It was heavily pruned into a round ball before they planted. The leafs do become a nice bright orange in the fall so you may be correct on the cultivar.

Thanks,
Kris
 
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