Amelanchier arborea (Michx.) Fern. - Service Berry
Family - Rosaceae
Bark of mature tree.
Leaf buds in winter.
Flowering - March - May.
Habitat - Upland woods, glades, balds, alluvial woods, rocky woods.
Origin - Native to North America.
Other information - This striking species can be found throughout Alabama but is less common in the coastal counties. The plant is one of the first trees to bloom in the spring and is easy to identify because of its many white flowers. The petals of the flowers are thinner and longer than most others in the rose family.
Photographs taken at Whetstone Creek Conservation Area, Callaway County, MO., 2-19-04, and at Dave Rock Conservation Area, St. Clair County, MO., 4-3-04.