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Downy Serviceberry
Amelanchier arborea

Downy Serviceberry (Amelanchier arborea) Other common names: Common Shadbush, Downy Juneberry, Juneberry, Serviceberry, Shadbush

Other scientific names: Mespilus arborea

French names: Amélanchier arborescent

Family: Rose Family (Rosaceae)

Group: Serviceberries

Distinctive features: Tree, Shrub

Similar species:
  •   Serviceberries

  •   Chokecherry (Prunus virginiana)


Flowers: Spring;  White;  5 parts (petals)

Leaves: Alternate, Simple, Toothed

Bark: Bark is often lightly streaked.

Habitat: Forests, Fields and Open Areas;  Open forests, open areas.

Edible: The ripe berries are edible.

Books: Shrubs of Ontario: 157    Newcomb's Wildflower Guide: 314   

Native/Non-native: Native

Origin and Meaning of Names:
 Scientific Name: arborea: of trees


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


Photographs: 204 photographs available, of which 6 are featured on this page. SCROLL DOWN FOR PHOTOGRAPHS.

Range Map is at the bottom of the page

Downy Serviceberry (Amelanchier arborea) leaves

The young leave are very tomentose (fuzzy).

Downy Serviceberry (Amelanchier arborea) leaves

Maturing fruit, along with mature leaves.

Downy Serviceberry (Amelanchier arborea) flowers

A mist of white Downy Serviceberry flowers in the early spring woods.

Downy Serviceberry (Amelanchier arborea) flowers

Downy Serviceberry flowers.

Downy Serviceberry (Amelanchier arborea) trunk

Downy Serviceberry trunk.

Downy Serviceberry (Amelanchier arborea) buds

Opening leaf buds of Downy Serviceberry in early spring.


Range map for Downy Serviceberry (Amelanchier arborea)

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(Range map provided courtesy of the USDA website and is displayed here in accordance with their Policies)