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Mesic woods, dunes, barrens. Dry or rocky upland woods.
ME and New Brunswick and southern Quebec west to southwest Ontario and MN, south to GA, northwest FL, LA, and eastern OK.
Small tree to 2 m. Leaves oblong-obovate, less than half grown or folded at anthesis, densely pubescent below when young, glabrous at maturity. Pedicels short; sepals broadly oblong-triangular; ovary glabrous at summit. Fruit dark purple-red when ripe.
Flowers in April
Wetland Indicator: Facultative Upland
This species hybridizes naturally with A. laevis to produce the hybrid Amelanchier x grandiflora, which is included in some of the pictures. Even in specimens that I found growing wild, I sometimes find it difficult to separate A. laevis from A. arborea.
Dirr, Michael A.
1998. Manual of Woody Landscape Plants: Their Identification, Ornamental
Characteristics, Culture, Propagation and Uses.
5th ed. Champaign, Illiois: Stipes Publishing L.L.C.
Gleason, Henry A.
and A. Cronquist. 1991. Manual of Vascular Plants of Northeastern United States
and Adjacent Canada. Second Ed.
The New York Botanical Garden. Bronx, NY
Swink, F. and G.
Wilhelm. 1994. Plants of the Chicago Region.
Indiana Academy of Science. The Morton Arboretum. Lisle, Illinois.
© Michael Hough 2004