Amelanchier alnifolia (Nutt.) Nutt.

  • Authority

    Gleason, Henry A. & Cronquist, Arthur J. 1991. Manual of vascular plants of northeastern United States and adjacent Canada. lxxv + 910 pp.

  • Family


  • Scientific Name

    Amelanchier alnifolia (Nutt.) Nutt. ex M.Roem.

  • Description

    Species Description - Clustered shrub or small tree mostly 2–5 m; lvs soon glabrous or nearly so, broadly elliptic to quadrate-rotund, to 6 cm, mostly 1–1.5 times as long as wide, coarsely toothed and strongly veined as in no. 3 [Amelanchier sanguinea (Pursh) DC.], often toothed only distally or across the broadly rounded or subtruncate summit; fls in short racemes, these mostly less than 2.5 cm in fl, to 3.5 cm in fr; pedicels relatively short, the lowest mostly 5–10 mm at anthesis; sep spreading to recurved, 1.5–3.5 mm; pet mostly 10–20 mm; ovary tomentose at the summit; fr subglobose, ca 1 cm, dark purplish, sweet and tasty. Thickets, borders of woods, and banks of streams; widespread in the w. cordillera and n. Great Plains, reaching our range in w. Minn. and nw. Io., and reputedly with outlying stations in Ont. and even w. Que. May.

  • Common Names

    western serviceberry, Saskatoon