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Amelanchier utahensis (Utah serviceberry)
Reveal, James L.

Amelanchier utahensis

Amelanchier utahensis Koehne

Utah Serviceberry

Rosaceae (Rose Family)



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 Characteristics

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Tree
Leaf Retention: Deciduous
Fruit Type: Pome
Size Notes: Up to about 15 feet tall.
Leaf: Green
Fruit: Black, Blue

Bloom Information

Bloom Color: White , Pink
Bloom Time: Apr , May , Jun


USA: 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 Conditions

Water 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.


Use 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 Insects

Special Value to Native Bees

This information was provided by the Pollinator Program at The Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation.

Find Seed or Plants

Find seed sources for this species at the Native Seed Network.

View propagation protocol from Native Plants Network.

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National Wetland Indicator Status

This information is derived from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers National Wetland Plant List, Version 3.1 (Lichvar, R.W. 2013. The National Wetland Plant List: 2013 wetland ratings. Phytoneuron 2013-49: 1-241). Click here for map of regions.

From the National Organizations Directory

According 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


Bibref 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 Reference

Webref 38 - Flora of North America (2019) Missouri Botanical Garden, St. Louis, MO & Harvard University Herbaria, Cambridge, MA.

Additional resources

USDA: Find Amelanchier utahensis in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Amelanchier utahensis in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Amelanchier utahensis


Record Modified: 2022-09-30
Research By: TWC Staff

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