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Amelanchier utahensis Koehne
Rosaceae (Rose Family)
USDA Symbol: AMUT
USDA Native Status: L48 (N)
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.
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Plant CharacteristicsDuration: Perennial
Leaf Retention: Deciduous
Fruit Type: Pome
Size Notes: Up to about 15 feet tall.
Fruit: Black, Blue
Bloom InformationBloom Color: White , Pink
Bloom Time: Apr , May , Jun
DistributionUSA: 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.
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.
BenefitUse Ornamental: 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: yes
Value to Beneficial InsectsSpecial Value to Native Bees
This information was provided by the Pollinator Program at The Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation.
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National Wetland Indicator Status
From the National Organizations DirectoryAccording to the species list provided by Affiliate Organizations, this plant is on display at the following locations:
Santa Barbara Botanic Garden - Santa Barbara, CA
Native Seed Network - Corvallis, OR
BibliographyBibref 298 - Field Guide to Texas Trees (1999) Simpson, B.J.
Bibref 291 - Texas Wildscapes: Gardening for Wildlife (1999) Damude, N. & K.C. Bender
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Web ReferenceWebref 38 - Flora of North America (2019) Missouri Botanical Garden, St. Louis, MO & Harvard University Herbaria, Cambridge, MA.
Additional resourcesUSDA: Find Amelanchier utahensis in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Amelanchier utahensis in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Amelanchier utahensis
MetadataRecord Modified: 2022-09-30
Research By: TWC Staff