Virginia Tech Dendrology

Pacific serviceberry Rosaceae Amelanchier alnifolia (Nutt.) Nutt. ex M. Roem. Listen to the Latin symbol: AMAL2
Leaf: Alternate, simple, deciduous, oval, 1 to 2 inches long, and prominently penniveined; upper (distal) margin serrated while lower (basipetal) margin is entire; base rounded and petiole short; veins run out to teeth; green above and paler below.
Flower: Perfect, with long (up to 1 inch) white strap-like petals in short racemes, appearing in late spring to early summer.
Fruit: Small (1/4 to 1/2 inch), round, dark blue pomes (apple-like), ripen in early to mid summer.
Twig: Slender and smooth, reddish brown when young but turning gray-brown with age; buds about 1/2 inch long with red, imbricate scales that are hairy along the margin.
Bark: Thin, light brown and tinged with red; smooth or shallowly fissured.
Form: Large erect shrub or small tree growing to 40 feet tall and 6 to 12 inches in diameter, often growing in clusters.
Looks like: Utah serviceberry
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Additional Range Information: Amelanchier alnifolia is native to North America. Range may be expanded by planting. See states reporting Pacific serviceberry.
More Information: Fall Color
External Links: USDAFS Additional Silvics - USDA Plants Database - USDAFS Forest Products Lab
All material © 2017 Virginia Tech Dept. of Forest Resources and Environmental Conservation; Photos and text by: John Seiler, Edward Jensen, Alex Niemiera, and John Peterson