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Amelanchier arborea

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am-uh-LAN-kee-er ar-bor-EE-ah
Description

Amelanchier arborea, commonly called downy serviceberry, is a deciduous, early-flowering, large shrub or small tree which typically grows 15-25' tall in cultivation but can reach 40' in the wild. 

Fire Risk: This plant has a low flammability rating.

Cultivars / Varieties:
Tags:
#fragrant#white#butterflies#sun#deciduous#songbirds#full sun#partial shade#white flowers#shrub#showy#tree#host plant#flowering tree#cpp#low flammability#deer resistant#native garden#fire resistant#early spring flowers
 
Cultivars / Varieties:
Tags:
#fragrant#white#butterflies#sun#deciduous#songbirds#full sun#partial shade#white flowers#shrub#showy#tree#host plant#flowering tree#cpp#low flammability#deer resistant#native garden#fire resistant#early spring flowers
  • Attributes:
    Genus:
    Amelanchier
    Species:
    arborea
    Family:
    Rosaceae
    Life Cycle:
    Woody
    Fire Risk Rating:
    low flammability
    Wildlife Value:
    Host plant for Red-spotted purple and Viceroy butterflies. Butterflies and other insects nectar at the blooms. Fruits are eaten by songbirds, small and large mammals.
    Particularly Resistant To (Insects/Diseases/Other Problems):
    Resistant to fire in the landscape. This tree is mildly resistant to damage by deer.
    Dimensions:
    Height: 15 ft. 0 in. - 25 ft. 0 in.
    Width: 10 ft. 0 in. - 15 ft. 0 in.
  • Whole Plant Traits:
    Plant Type:
    Native Plant
    Shrub
    Tree
    Leaf Characteristics:
    Deciduous
    Habit/Form:
    Multi-stemmed
    Rounded
    Texture:
    Medium
  • Cultural Conditions:
    Light:
    Full sun (6 or more hours of direct sunlight a day)
    Partial Shade (Direct sunlight only part of the day, 2-6 hours)
    Soil Drainage:
    Good Drainage
    Occasionally Wet
    NC Region:
    Mountains
    Piedmont
    Usda Plant Hardiness Zone:
    4a, 4b, 5a, 5b, 6a, 6b, 7a, 7b, 8a, 8b, 9a, 9b
  • Fruit:
    Fruit Color:
    Purple/Lavender
    Red/Burgundy
    Display/Harvest Time:
    Summer
    Fruit Type:
    Pome
    Fruit Description:
    Small, reddish-purple, apple-like fruits
  • Flowers:
    Flower Color:
    White
    Flower Inflorescence:
    Raceme
    Flower Bloom Time:
    Spring
    Flower Shape:
    Star
    Flower Petals:
    4-5 petals/rays
    Flower Description:
    Dropping racemes of star-shaped, white to pale pink flowers in early spring
  • Leaves:
    Leaf Characteristics:
    Deciduous
    Leaf Color:
    Orange
    Deciduous Leaf Fall Color:
    Gold/Yellow
    Orange
    Leaf Type:
    Simple
    Leaf Arrangement:
    Alternate
    Hairs Present:
    No
    Leaf Length:
    1-3 inches
    Leaf Width:
    < 1 inch
  • Bark:
    Surface/Attachment:
    Smooth
    Bark Description:
    Its bark is smooth when young. As the tree ages, long, vertical splits and furrows develop.
  • Stem:
    Stem Is Aromatic:
    No
  • Landscape:
    Landscape Theme:
    Native Garden
    Pollinator Garden
    Attracts:
    Butterflies
    Songbirds
    Resistance To Challenges:
    Deer
    Fire