Rosaceae
Amelanchier alnifolia

Western Serviceberry

Deciduous shrub. Roots spread out forming colonies of gray to reddish brown branched bushes. Leaves alternate, thin, oval to round, serrate on upper half. Flowers 3–15, pure white, forming clusters, each blossom about 1 1/4 in. across with 5 narrow petals, 10–20 stamens. Fruit red, becoming deep purple-black. Grows in open meadows, fencerows, woodlands, streambanks, conifer forests, at low to high elevations. Fruit is good for making jelly. Showy in early spring. Var. semiintegrifolia is common in Pacific Northwest, with petals about 1/2 in. long and ovary densely grayish with fine hairs on top.

  • Rarity: Common
  • Flowering Time: Mid Spring
  • Life Cycle: Perennial
  • Height: 5--20 feet
  • Habitat: West-Side Forest, East-Side Forest, Shrub-Steppe, Moist Riverbanks
  • Found In: Wallowas, Steens, Siskiyous, West Gorge, East Gorge, N Cascades NP, Mt. Rainier NP
  • Native: Yes