Downy Serviceberry Amelanchier arborea
This species is commonly found at wood edges and in open fields, where its reddish, berry-like fruits provide food to over 40 species of birds! It can be found as a large shrub, or single trunked small tree. The striking white flowers of the Downy Serviceberry add welcome color to forested areas in early spring. Serviceberry species can be hard to distinguish from one another due to their habit of freely hybridizing where ranges overlap. The Downy Serviceberry has alternate, simple, oval leaves that are very furry underneath when young.
Downy Serviceberry flowers are white with slender petals.
The fruit is dry and tasteless. It begins as green, then ripens red to blue-black.
The undersides of the young leaves are very wooly, lending this tree its name of “Downy” Serviceberry.
Ontario Tree Atlas map of non-planted Downy Serviceberries. 1995-1999.
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