Serviceberry Amelanchier spp.
Family: Rosaceae (Rose)
Common shrubs or small trees in Ontario forests, but never occurring in
any sort of density. There is much dispute over the number of
species, but it is not usually difficult to identify the genus.
One of the main characteristics is the smooth, light grey bark.
Often it has faint vertical stripes down it. The buds can
vary quite a bit, looking sometimes like Poplar or Beech, or even
Chokeberry, but they always tend to be reddish, thin, pointed and slightly twisted. Often they have faint
hairs along the edges of the scales.
Serviceberry winter twig
Two twigs of Serviceberry
Another winter twig of Serviceberry
Winter twig. Sometimes the buds can be almost a quarter of this typical size.
Another winter twig of a different species of Serviceberry
This is on the extreme end in terms of hairy buds for Serviceberry
Typical Serviceberry fruits, with a rose-hip appearance.
A few remaining and shriveled fruits can often be found in the winter.
The tell-tale bark of Serviceberry
Young bark. Notice the faint vertical streaks
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