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NC Native Plant Society:
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Amelanchier arborea

Downy Serviceberry, Shadbush, Shadtree, Sarvis Tree

Scientific Name:

Amelanchier arborea

Genus:

Amelanchier

Species Epithet:

arborea

Common Name:

Downy Serviceberry, Shadbush, Shadtree, Sarvis Tree

Plant Type

Tree

Life Cycle

Perennial

Plant Family

Rosaceae (Rose Family)

Native/Alien:

NC Native

Invasive Status:

(*Key)

Size:

12-36 ft., 36-72 ft.

Bloom Color(s):

White

Light:

Sun - 6 or more hours of sun per day, Part Shade - 2 to 6 hours of sun per day

Soil Moisture:

Dry, Moist

Bloom Time:

March, April, May

Growing Area:

Mountains, Piedmont, Sandhills, Coastal Plain

Habitat Description:

Dry to moist forests, seepage and depression wetlands. Common throughout NC.

Leaf Arrangement:

Alternate

Leaf Retention:

Deciduous

Leaf Type:

Leaves veined, not needle-like or scale-like

Leaf Form:

Simple

Life Cycle:

Perennial

Wildlife Value:

Highest Wildlife Value

Landscape Value:

Highly Recommended and Available

State Rank:

S5: Secure (*Key)

Global Rank:

G5 - Secure (*Key)

Notes:

Edible fruit and beautiful fall foliage. 'Autumn Brilliance', Amelanchier X grandiflora, is a hybrid of A. laevis and A. arborea.

Ripe fruits

Forsyth County NC

The Scientific Name is Amelanchier arborea. You will likely hear them called Downy Serviceberry, Shadbush, Shadtree, Sarvis Tree. This picture shows the Ripe fruits of Amelanchier arborea

Lisa Lofland Gould

Each flower has 5 petals and 5 sepals

Forsyth County NC

The Scientific Name is Amelanchier arborea. You will likely hear them called Downy Serviceberry, Shadbush, Shadtree, Sarvis Tree. This picture shows the Each flower has 5 petals and 5 sepals of Amelanchier arborea

Lisa Lofland Gould

Links:

USDA PLANTS Database Record

NC Extension Gardener Plant Toolbox: https://plants.ces.ncsu.edu/plants/amelanchier-arborea/

Go Botany: https://gobotany.nativeplanttrust.org/species/amelanchier/arborea/

Vascular Plants of NC: https://auth1.dpr.ncparks.gov/flora/species_account.php

700 Bird-friendly Plants for NC: https://nc.audubon.org/700



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