Canadian Serviceberry (Amelanchier canadensis)

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Canadian Serviceberry (Amelanchier canadensis)

Canadian Serviceberry, also known as shadblow or shadbush, is an uncommon shrub or small tree of the Coastal Plain and adjacent Piedmont in North Carolina. It's easily confused with its sibling Common Serviceberry (Amelanchier arborea), which occurs in the Mountains, Piedmont, and inner Coastal Plain of NC.

It is not rhizomatous, so Canadian Serviceberry does not form shrubby thickets like Running Serviceberry (Amelanchier stolonifera) or Coastal Plain Serviceberry (Amelanchier obovalis).

It is quite showy when it blooms in early spring, before the leaves come out.

Duke Forest, Orange Co., NC 4/6/05.

Canadian Serviceberry (Amelanchier canadensis) leaf

Fall leaf color is yellow.

Dare Co., NC 11/7/2008.

Canadian Serviceberry (Amelanchier canadensis) bark

Bark detail. The trunks are often twisted together.

Dare Co., NC 11/7/2008.

More information:
NC State Fact Sheet
University of Connecticut


All photographs and text ©2008 by Will Cook unless otherwise indicated