Trees of Alabama and the Southeast

Lisa Samuelson, Ph.D.
School of Forestry and Wildlife Sciences
Auburn University

Allegheny Serviceberry
Amelanchier laevis

Leaves are simple, alternate, deciduous, elliptical to ovate, toothed and glabrous. Unfolding leaves are purplish. Twigs are red-brown with a very pointed, slender terminal bud fringed with hair. Bark is gray with striations and smooth when young, becoming cracked and scaly on very large stems. Flowers are born in white racemes. Fruit is a purple-black pome. Allegheny serviceberry is found on moist sites in the central and southeastern U.S. The fruit is eaten by many birds and small and large mammals. Form is either shrub or small tree up to 9 m (30 ft) in height.

Photographs by Mike Hogan.

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