Leaf Identification

The leaves of the Nantucket Serviceberry are small and ovate-shaped. The margins are serrated, and the venation is pinnate and reticulate. They have silvery hairs on the underside when they first emerge but become glabrous (smooth) with time.

Twig and Bud Identification

The twigs of the Nantucket Serviceberry are gray to reddish-brown. The buds have many scales and are also reddish-brown. The buds may have slight pubescence.

Bark Identification

The Nantucket Serviceberry’s bark is typically smooth and can have faint dark stripes.

Fruit Identification

The fruit of the Nantucket Serviceberry is an edible, berry-like, dark purple pome. The diameter is usually around 1/4″ to 1/3″. The fruits ripen in early summer.

Flower Identification

The Nantucket Serviceberry’s flowers are white and have 5 petals. They appear in clusters with about 7 to 10 flowers per cluster. They are narrow and spoon-shaped. This tree has a specialized ability called andropetaly, which means that they sometimes bear pollen on the ends of their petals. The flowers bloom in early spring.