About 25 species of deciduous shrubs or small trees. Leaves alternate, simple, entire or sharply serrate. Flowers white in small clusters (racemes), 5 petals, 10-20 stamens, and 2-5 pistils. Fruit globose, purple to maroon. Native to North America, Europe and Asia.
Amelanchier: the French name for A. ovalis.
Serviceberry: "It is from the fruits that the Sarrvissberry takes its name, for the word is a transformation of the sorbus given by the Romans to a related kind of fruit. Sarviss is a good Shakespearean English form of the most classic Latin, whereas Serviceberry is meaningless as a name, or is at least a genteel corruption of an older and more scholarly form." (Peattie, 1966, p. 336).
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