Serviceberry, Apple

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This tree is one of the 150 trees initially included in the arboretum to coincide with the campus's 150th anniversary celebration.

Scientific Name:
Amelanchier x grandiflora


Native to:

Mature Height and Width:
15-25 feet by 10-20 feet

Additional Notes:
Lacking the splendor of dogwood and redbud, serviceberry typically gets consideration as a landscape tree because it is the first native tree to flower in many of the places where it is native.  The bright red berries are edible for birds and any human patient enough to pick enough to make the venture worthwhile.  For forest-dependent peoples, the fruit provided a critical source of vitamins following a winter of dietary deprivation.