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Leaves are oval and 2 to 4 inches long and 1-2 inches wide. Margins are serrated, tips abruptly pointed, the base is rounded. New growth emerges as bronze-purple, turns glossy green in summer, and clear yellow to red fall color. The minimal amount of hairs on stalks and leaves makes this variety slightly different than other Amelanchier varieties.Amelanchier laevis, the smooth shadbush, smooth serviceberry or Allegheny serviceberry, is a North American species of tree in the rose family Rosaceae, growing up to 9 metres (30 ft) tall. It is native to eastern Canada and the eastern United States, from Newfoundland west to Ontario, Minnesota, and Iowa, south as far as Georgia and Alabama.
Amelanchier laevis (Allegheny Serviceberry) is a large deciduous shrub or small multi-trunked tree of dense, fine-textured branching habit with purplish to bronze young leaves. In mid spring, abundant sprays of small, slightly fragrant, white flowers emerge as the leaves unfurl. Attractive to pollinators, they are followed by small, round, tasty, dark purplish-black berries in early summer. The berries are often used in jams, jellies and pies if not eaten by the birds. The foliage of smooth, lustrous dark green, oval leaves, turns to brilliant shades of orange and red in the fall. The smooth, gray bark is adorned with white, longitudinal stripes that can be admired in winter. Very easy to grow, Allegheny Serviceberry provides year-round interest in the garden.
It closely resembles Amelanchier arborea but is slightly earlier flowering (i.e., will have dropped most of its petals when other A. arborea in the local area are flowering) and shows relatively more-expanded leaves during anthesis (i.e., 50% or more developed and not tightly folded during anthesis). From A. laevis it is separated by the moderate pubescence on the flowering leaf blades and raceme. Amelanchier laevis is an attractive understory tree that can reach 25 feet in height. Fragrant white flowers will bloom in early spring and dark purple berries will begin to ripen in June giving this tree another common name: Juneberry. The fall season gives way to bright orange and red leaves. An upright growth form comprised of multiple stems and smooth gray bark can be admired even after the leaves drop giving us year-round interest in the landscape. Allegheny serviceberry is one of the larval host plants of the Striped Hairstreak. (Source:www.prairiemoon.com)