Common names: Lovely shadbush amélanchier gracieux
Basionyms: Amelanchier sanguinea (Pursh) de Candolle forma grandiflora Wiegand
Synonyms: A. sanguinea var. grandiflora (Wiegand) Rehder
Treatment appears in FNA Volume 9. Treatment on page 654. Mentioned on page 649, 653, 656, 661.
Shrubs, 1–5 m. Stems 1–20, forming colonies. Leaves fully unfolded; petiole (9–)12.1–19.9(–28) mm; blade ovate-oval, (33–)41–58(–72) × (24–)30–46(–57) mm, base rounded to subcordate, each margin with (2–)6–10(–15) teeth on proximal 1/2 and (1 or)3 or 4(or 5) teeth in distalmost cm, largest teeth more than 1 mm, apex subacute, abaxial surface densely (moderately) hairy by flowering, sparsely (moderately) hairy (or glabrous) later, adaxial sparsely hairy (or glabrous) later. Inflorescences (4 or)5–8(–11)-flowered, (26–)38–57(–75) mm. Pedicels: (0 or)1 or 2(or 3) subtended by a leaf, proximalmost (9–)18–26(–33) mm. Flowers: sepals spreading to recurved after flowering, (2.4–)3.5–4.9(–6.5) mm; petals linear to narrowly spatulate, (15–)16.6–19.7(–22) × (4–)5.3–7.3(–8.6) mm; stamens (17–)19–21(–23); styles (3–)5, (2.3–)2.8–3.6(–4.2) mm; ovary apex densely hairy. Pomes dark purple or almost black, 10 mm diam. 2n = 4x.

Phenology: Flowering May–Jun; fruiting Jul–Aug.
Habitat: Open woods, rocky banks, shores, calcareous sites
Elevation: 0–300 m


Amelanchier amabilis makes a conspicuous display with its relatively large flowers; in eastern North America, it resembles most closely A. sanguinea. Leaves with three or four teeth on distal cm of margin and largest teeth more than 1 mm are also useful for identification.

Amelanchier amabilis flowers at the same time as A. humilis and A. sanguinea. The authors have observed A. amabilis growing with A. sanguinea without the occurrence of putative hybrids; putative hybrids with A. arborea and A. humilis have been observed in the field.



Lower Taxa

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Facts about "Amelanchier amabilis"
AuthorChristopher S. Campbell +, Michael B. Burgess +, Kevin R. Cushman +, Eric T. Doucette +, Alison C. Dibble + and Christopher T. Frye +
AuthorityWiegand +
BasionymsAmelanchier sanguinea +
Common nameLovely shadbush + and amélanchier gracieux +
DistributionOnt. +, Que. + and N.Y. +
Elevation0–300 m +
HabitatOpen woods, rocky banks, shores, calcareous sites +
IllustratorMarjorie C. Leggitt +
PhenologyFlowering May–Jun + and fruiting Jul–Aug. +
Publication titleRhodora +
Publication year1921 +
ReferenceNone +
Source xml grained fna xml/V9/V9 1123.xml +
Special statusEndemic +
SynonymsA. sanguinea var. grandiflora +
Taxon familyRosaceae +
Taxon nameAmelanchier amabilis +
Taxon parentAmelanchier +
Taxon rankspecies +
VolumeVolume 9 +