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Utah Serviceberry

Amelanchier utahensis

Details & Attributes

Plant Type(s) Shrub
Native to Arizona Yes!
Water Needs Moderate
Sun Full sun, partial shade
Pollinators Bees
Has Spines No
In relative feet, width by height
5-15' × 4-10'
Freeze Tolerant Yes
Flowering Season April-May
Flower Color White
Minimum Temperature Range -40 °F
Leaf Description Oval with serrated margins
Fruit Reddish-purple fruits
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Elevation Range 2000-7500 ft.
Description This relatively large, upright shrub, is found across central and northern Arizona along streams, woodlands, and forest clearings. A good choice for high elevation gardeners hoping to attract wildlife due to the dense branching and abundant berry production of this shrub. Utah serviceberry makes a lovely informal hedge, growing up to 15ft, with the foliage turning a brilliant gold in the fall. Clusters of white blooms are followed by bunches of reddish-purple fruits which are sure to attract birds, while the foliage and new stems are prone to browsing by deer (a positive or negative depending on your perspective). A good wildlife planting for cooler climates could be made by combining this species with lemonadeberry (Rhus aromatica), elderberry (Sambucus caerulea), and gooseberry (Ribes spp.).