Trees of Alabama and the Southeast

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

Downy Serviceberry
Amelanchier arborea
Rosaceae

Leaves are simple, alternate, deciduous, ovate, toothed and pubescent. 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 older stems. Flowers are born in white racemes. Fruit is a red-purple pome. Form is a shrub or a tree up to 15 m (50 ft) in height. Downy serviceberry is found on moist sites in the central and eastern U.S. The fruit is eaten by many birds and small and large mammals.

Photographs by Mike Hogan.

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