Amelanchier sanguinea Shrub, colonial, arching to straggling to a sm all, erect tree, 1-3 m tall, trunks solitary or few together, twigs reddish, winter buds reddish, slender, 0.6-0.7 cm long
Leaves alternate, simple, folded lengthwise in bud, more-or less unfolded at time of flowering, pale-wooly below, but nearly hairless; leaf stalks 1-2 cm long, slender; blade 3-7 cm long rounded 1-1.5 times as wide as long, margins coarsely toothed above middle sometimes to base, with 3-5 teeth per cm; veins parallel, 12-15 pairs, each vein or vein branch running to a tooth; tip blunt to pointed; base round to slightly lobed;
Flowers white, 5-parted, stamens, 20; in open, spike-like clusters (racemes) 4-7 cm long, at time of blooming; without leaves except at base; top of ovary densely hairy in flower, lowest flower stalks (pedicel) 1.5-3 cm long; calyx (hypanthium) 0.7-0.9 cm wide just below lobes after petal fall; sepals 0.2-0.4 cm long, curving downward (recurved); petals free, linear to narrowly oblong (spatulate) 1-1.5 cm long; ovary wooly at top.
Fruit fleshy, juicy, red becoming dark purple, often wooly at top.
Wetland status: NL.
Frequency in NYC: Very infrequent.
Habitat: Open woods, neutral soils.