Latin: Amelanchier arborea
Other common names: downy serviceberry, common serviceberry
Mature Height: 25 ft.
Soil / Climate: Downy serviceberry is a hardy plant that can grow in a wide range of soil and climate conditions. However, it does have some preferences and thrives in certain conditions. Amelanchier arborea is native to the eastern United States and Canada, and it can grow in a range of climate zones. It prefers areas with cool to moderate temperatures and is hardy to USDA zones 4 to 9. It can tolerate some drought but prefers consistent moisture. The plant prefers full sun to partial shade, although it can tolerate some shade. In general, Amelanchier arborea is a very adaptable plant that can grow in a variety of conditions. However, it will grow best in soils that are well-drained and rich in organic matter, and in areas with moderate temperatures and consistent moisture. (OpenAI’s ChatGPT AI language model February 16th 2023)
Notes: The leaves are simple, alternately arranged, and ovate to elliptic in shape. They are typically 2 to 4 inches (5-10 cm) long and 1 to 2 inches (2.5-5 cm) wide, with a serrated margin. The upper surface of the leaf is dark green, while the underside is lighter and covered with a soft, downy texture, giving the plant its common name of downy serviceberry. The flowers are showy, fragrant, and appear in early spring before the leaves emerge. They are white to pale pink and typically have five petals. The flowers are produced in clusters of 5 to 20, and each individual flower is approximately 1 inch (2.5 cm) in diameter. The plant also produces small, edible, red to purple fruits in late spring or early summer that are enjoyed by wildlife and can be used for making jams and jellies. (OpenAI’s ChatGPT AI language model February 16th 2023)