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Low Serviceberry
Amelanchier humilis

Low Serviceberry (Amelanchier humilis) Other common names: Juneberry, Northwestern Serviceberry, Saskatoon Berry, Serviceberry, Shadbush

Other scientific names: Amelanchier alnifolia, Aronia alnifolia

French names: Amélanchier à feuilles d'aulne

Family: Rose Family (Rosaceae)

Group: Serviceberries

Distinctive features: Shrub

Similar species:
  •   Chokecherry (Prunus virginiana)

  •   Serviceberries


Flowers: Spring;  White;  5 parts (petals)

Leaves: Alternate, Simple, Entire

Habitat: Forests, Fields and Open Areas

Edible: The ripe berries are edible.

Books: Shrubs of Ontario: 161   

Native/Non-native: Native

Origin and Meaning of Names:
 Scientific Name: humilis: low


See Also:
  •   Great Americans: Serviceberry (Shadbush), from The Monday Garden, by Sue Sweeney


Photographs: 46 photographs available, of which 6 are featured on this page. SCROLL DOWN FOR PHOTOGRAPHS.

Range Map is at the bottom of the page

Low Serviceberry (Amelanchier humilis) leaf

Low Serviceberry leaf, upper surface.

Low Serviceberry (Amelanchier humilis) leaf

Low Serviceberry leaf, underside.

Low Serviceberry (Amelanchier humilis) leaf

Lower end of a leaf. Note that it is toothed almost to the base.

Low Serviceberry (Amelanchier humilis) flowers

Low Serviceberry flowers are white, and appear along with the unfolding leaves in the spring.

Low Serviceberry (Amelanchier humilis) stem

Low Serviceberry stem.

Low Serviceberry (Amelanchier humilis) shrub

A Low Serviceberry shrub.


Range map for Low Serviceberry (Amelanchier humilis)

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