Amelanchier spicata is a shrub to 1.5 m tall, usually shorter, colonial by underground stems, bark gray, smooth, winter buds 0.5-0.7 cm long dull reddish.
Leaves egg-shaped to elliptic, to 5 cm long, 3.5 cm wide, tip mostly rounded, margin finely toothed, pale below, young leaves white wooly-hairy below, becoming smooth.
Flowers white to about 2 cm wide; blooms May.
Fruit fleshy, turning blackish, juicy, June-July. Fruit eaten and seeds dispersed by many birds and small mammals, also by bears, raccoons, coyotes, foxes, skunks (Wilson 1993).
Wetland status: FACU.
Frequency in NYC: Infrequent.
Habitat: Moist to dry woods.
Notes: Twigs eaten by deer and rabbits (Martin et al. 1951).