Amelanchier arborea (F.Michx.) Fernald
  • Downy shadbush

Cite taxon page as 'WFO (2020): Amelanchier arborea (F.Michx.) Fernald. Published on the Internet; Accessed on: 04 Jun 2020'

General Information

Shrubs or trees, 2–20 m. Stems 1–20, solitary or in colonies. Leaves less than half-unfolded; petiole (5.5–)12–20.6(–29.2) mm; blade ovate to obovate, (30–)47–68(–93) × (16–)26–40(–56) cm, base cordate to rounded, each margin with (0–)11–21(–30) teeth on proximal 1/2 and (3–)5–9(–13) teeth in distalmost cm, largest teeth less than 1 mm, apex acute to acuminate, abaxial surface densely (moderately) hairy by flowering, glabrous or sparsely to moderately hairy later, adaxial glabrous or sparsely (moderately) hairy later. Inflorescences (3–)6–12(–15)-flowered, (19–)30–55(–79) mm. Pedicels: 0 or 1 subtended by a leaf, proximalmost (5–)10–20(–32) mm. Flowers: sepals soon reflexed after flowering, (1.6–)2.3–3.7(–5.3) mm; petals linear to oblong, (8–)10–15(–19) × (2–)3.1–5(–6.8) mm; stamens (16–)20(–21); styles (3–)5(or 6), (2.1–)3.2–4.2(–5.5) mm; ovary apex glabrous or sparsely (densely) hairy. Pomes maroon-purple, 6–10 mm diam. 2n = 2x, 4x.

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    "Much like no. 9 [Amelanchier laevis Wiegand], seldom only 2 m tall; lvs typically oblong-obovate, much less than half-grown at anthesis, densely pubescent beneath when young, not (or scarcely) coppery, usually glabrous or nearly so at maturity; pedicels shorter, mostly not over 2 cm even in fr, often silky; sep 2–3 mm; pet (10–)12–15+ mm; ovary glabrous at the summit, varying to occasionally somewhat tomentose; fr dark red-purple, tending to be dry and insipid; mostly diploid. Dry or rocky upland woods; Me. and N.B. and s. Que. to sw. Ont. and Minn., s. to Ga., nw. Fla., La., and e. Okla. (A. arborea var. cordifolia)"

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    Other Local Names

    Downy shadbush


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    'Flora of North America @ eFloras (2008). Published on the Internet [accessed August 2016]' Missouri Botanical Garden, St. Louis, MO & Harvard University Herbaria, Cambridge, MA.
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    Global Tree Assessment
    BGCI. 2018. GlobalTreeSearch online database. Botanic Gardens Conservation International. Richmond, U.K. Available at Accessed on 30/11/2018.
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    World Flora Online Data. 2018.
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