May. 23, 2020

Allegheny serviceberry, Amelanchier laevis

Whatever you call it, serviceberry, shadbush or juneberry, the flowers all look a lot alike in this genus. But Allegheny or smooth one finds a different tactic to set itself apart. Do those coppery leaves that come out with the flowers help attract pollinators? Why else would they be there just at the right time? The leaf color fades with the flowers. Allegheny serviceberry grows in AL, CT, DE, GA, IA, IL, IN, KY, MA, MD, ME, MI, MN, NC, NH, NJ, NY, OH, PA, RI, SC, TN, VA, VT, WA, WI, WV, NB, NF, NS, ON, PE, QC, and on SPM. Isabella Co MI, 5/13/20. Rose family, Rosaceae.