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Wasowski, Sally and Andy
Amelanchier utahensis Koehne
Utah service-berry, Utah serviceberry
USDA Symbol: amut
USDA Native Status: Native to U.S.
Utah service-berry is a much-branched, 3-15 ft., deciduous shrub or small tree with grayish, oval leaves; racemes of white flowers; and small, dark-purple fruit. The bark is ashy-gray.
This widedspread shrub serves as browse for Mule Deer, Desert Bighorn Sheep, and domestic livestock; its berries are eaten by birds such as the Sage Grouse.
Plant CharacteristicsDuration: Perennial Habit: Tree Leaf:
Black, Blue Size Class:
Bloom InformationBloom Color: White , Pink
Bloom Time: Apr , May , Jun
AZ , CA , CO , ID , MT , NM , NV , OR , TX , UT , WA , WY Native Distribution:
S.e. OR to s.c. MT, s. to Baja CA & TX Native Habitat:
Dry mesas & steep, rocky hillsides; 5000-7000 ft. USDA Native Status: L48(N)
Growing ConditionsWater Use: Medium
Light Requirement: Part Shade
Soil Moisture: Dry
CaCO3 Tolerance: High
Soil Description: Well-drained, rocky soils. Sandy, Sandy Loam, Medium Loam, Clay Loam, Clay.
Conditions Comments: Not Available
Showy, Blooms ornamental, Accent shrub,
Attractive Use Wildlife:
An important browse and food plant for birds and other wildlife. Browse, Fruit-mammals, Fruit-birds, Nectar-insects Conspicuous Flowers:
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Replacing grass with xeric plants in Nevada
March 20, 2009
I am looking to xeriscape my front yard - remove all grass! I am thinking 3-4 larger plants: bird of paradise (mesquite??), aloe, and ..?? Also, possibly a Chilean mesquite.
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From the National Organizations Directory
According to the species list provided by Affiliate Organizations, this plant is either on display or available from the following:
Santa Barbara Botanic Garden
- Santa Barbara, CANative Seed Network
- Corvallis, OR
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Record Modified: 2007-12-23
Research By: TWC Staff