Utah serviceberry Rosaceae Amelanchier
utahensis Koehne symbol: AMUT
Leaf: Alternate, simple, ovate, obovate, or nearly round, 1 inch long, relatively thick, serrate, shiny dark green and somewhat pubescent above, pale pubescent below.
Flower: Showy white or pink flowers with 5 petals that are 1/2 inch long, borne on short racemes, appear in early to mid-spring.
Fruit: Ripening in late summer and early fall, 1/4 to 3/8 inch in diameter, rounded, red ripening to dark purple or black, in tight clusters, edible.
Twig: Slender, flexible, red-brown in color, hairy when young, later hairless; buds about 1/2 inch long with red, imbricate scales that are hairy along the margin.
Bark: Smooth when young, ashy-gray with brown stripes; later becoming rough with long splits and furrows.
Form: A shrub or small tree with a rounded crown, usually with multiple stems, to 25 feet but more commonly to 15 feet with an equal spread.
Looks like: Pacific serviceberry
Additional Range Information: Amelanchier utahensis is native to North America. Range may be expanded by planting. See states reporting Utah serviceberry.
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