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Amelanchier arborea

Amelanchier arborea

Amelanchier arborea

IUCN SSC Global Tree Specialist Group.; Botanic Gardens Conservation International; et al. (BGCIA) (2020). "Amelanchier arborea". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. 2020: e.T144220543A152906152. doi:10.2305/IUCN.UK.2020-1.RLTS.T144220543A152906152.en. Retrieved 20 November 2021.

Amelanchier arborea

The leaves of Amelanchier arborea are simple, alternate and regularly toothed. Pubescence on the undersurfaces of the leaves often persists into maturity. The buds are relatively large (up to 10-12 mm) and long tapering to a sharp tip and each bud has more than 2 visible outer scales, often at least partly reddish. The flowers are showy with bright white petals opening in May or early June and producing numerous red or purple fleshy fruits. The bark is smooth and gray, reportedly darker in larger individuals, but stems in excess of 15 cm in diameter are rare and in my experience many are less than 10 cm in diameter.

A Prairie Moon • December 6 Where they occur naturally, Amelanchier arborea (Downy Serviceberry) and Amelanchier laevis (Allegheny serviceberry) are often found growing side-by-side in well-drained soils. Either of these two species would be a good choice.Amelanchier arborea ranges widely in northeastern North America, from Minnesota and southern Ontario to the maritime provinces of Canada, south through eastern Oklahoma to Louisiana and Georgia. In Wisconsin it is found throughout the state, but the true distribution and commonness is difficult to assess due to reluctance of botanists to collect (and keep) vouchers of these very challenging species. (Source: www.uwgb.edu)

DOWNY

GENERAL BOTANICAL CHARACTERISTICS: Common serviceberry is a tall, deciduous shrub or small tree, growing up to 30 feet (9 m) or more [20]. Its trunk is about 16 inches (40 cm) in diameter [4]. The maximum recorded height and diameter for downy serviceberry is 70 feet (21 m) high and 2 feet (0.6 m) d.b.h. [14]. Its branches are purplish when young but turn grey at maturity. Leaves are alternate and simple with serrate margins. They are almost twice as long as broad. Flowers are white, and the berrylike pomme fruit is dark red to purple [20]. There are 4 to 10 seeds per fruit [1].

This Amelanchier species is a tall shrub or small tree, usually 15-25 ft., sometimes growing as tall as 30 ft. Its white flowers occur in drooping racemes, appearing before the leaves. Young leaves are covered with soft, woolly hairs that disappear as the leaf matures. The plant�s ornamental bark is gray and smooth but streaked with longitudinal fissures; often with a reddish cast. Old bark is scaly. Small, edible berries are reddish-purple. The deciduous leaves of downy service-berry may turn wine-red in fall. (Source: www.wildflower.org)

 

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