Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Serviceberry (Amelanchier arborea)

I almost missed this Serviceberry (Amelanchier arborea) tree which is blooming at the moment. As you can see, it blends into its surroundings.

A branch photographed against the background of the leafless trees. They don’t stand out against this backdrop either. But having seen them…

Once you see them and get up close, they are quite impressive

A raceme

An individual flower

The Serviceberry is native to the eastern United States and Canada. I’ve only seen it at Fort Yargo State Park. I saw this tree on the lake shore (segment 3) and another tree at the cliff edge midway along segment 13. However, since these flowers ‘blend’ so well into the background so well, I’m sure it’s common elsewhere; I just haven't seen them although I know we don't have any at our place..

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Distribution Map:
- United States Department of Agriculture Plants Database: Amelanchier arborea (Common Serviceberry)

Identification resources:
- Southeastern Flora: Serviceberry (Amelanchier arborea)

Related posts:

- 2010: Year Of The Wildflower


Jasmine said...

Beautiful pictures. Thank you for sharing them with The Festiuval of the Trees.

Suzi Smith said...

lovely photographs... i think its the subtlety of the flowers that appeal to me...

JSK said...

Thank you! It's funny that I've seen this tree over the years and always forget that I've seen it. When I see it in bloom I always mean to try and photograph it. With the lake level lowered this winter I've had the opportunity to walk the beach below it. I guess the stars were aligned this year for the tree to be in bloom and for me to see it when I had my camera with me.

JSK said...

Yes, Suzi, I enjoy the subtlety too. But that's probably also why I overlook it. I am delighted that I finally got to see it close up and
appreciate its flowers.

It deserves more appreciation. Few people probably see it though. It's a little way from the walking path and, because of how subtle the flowers are, wouldn't be noticed against the background of the gray tree trunks. I've only noticed it because I've seen it clearly from the water.