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Amelanchier utahensis
Utah serviceberry

Distribution: Occurring east of the Cascades crest in Washington; Washington to Baja California, east to the Rocky Mountains and Texas.

Habitat: Rimrock, valleys, gullies and hillsides, from sagebrush desert to mid-elevations in the mountains.

Flowers: May-June

Origin: Native

Growth Duration: Perennial

Conservation Status: Not of concern

Pollination: Bees, flies


Irregularly-branched shrubs 0.5-3.0 m. tall, the young branches somewhat woolly.


Leaves alternate, deciduous, petiolate, the blades yellowish-green, oblong-elliptic to broadly obovate, 1.5-3 cm. long, serrate on the upper half.


Flowers 3-6 in short, silky racemes; calyx woolly to glabrous, the 5 lobes narrowly lanceolate, 2.5-3.5 mm. long; petals 5, white, oblanceolate with a wedge-shaped base, 6-9 mm. long and up to 4 mm. broad; stamens about 15; styles usually 4, united toward the base; top of the ovary woolly.


Fruit berry-like, sub-globose, up to 1 cm. long, dark purple and somewhat fleshy.

Accepted Name:
Amelanchier utahensis Koehne
Publication: in Wissensch. Progr. Falk. Realgymnas. Berlin. 1890.

Synonyms & Misapplications:
Amelanchier alnifolia (Nutt.) Nutt. ex M. Roem. var. oreophila (A. Nelson) R.J. Davis
Amelanchier alnifolia (Nutt.) Nutt. ex M. Roem. var. utahensis (Koehne) M.E. Jones
Amelanchier australis Standl.
Amelanchier bakeri Greene
Amelanchier glabra Greene
Amelanchier goldmanii Wooton & Standl.
Amelanchier gracilis A. Heller
Amelanchier mormonica C.K. Schneid.
Amelanchier oreophila A. Nelson
Amelanchier utahensis Koehne var. oreophila Clokey
Amelanchier utahensis Koehne var. utahensis [JPM2]
Additional Resources:

PNW Herbaria: Specimen records of Amelanchier utahensis in the Consortium of Pacific Northwest Herbaria database

WA Flora Checklist: Amelanchier utahensis checklist entry

OregonFlora: Amelanchier utahensis information

E-Flora BC: Amelanchier utahensis atlas page

CalPhotos: Amelanchier utahensis photos

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