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Downy Serviceberry, Downy Shadbush
The Common Serviceberry is a native deciduous plant found throughout Virginia. It is either a large shrub or a small tree; it typically grows to be 15 to 25 feet tall, although some can reach heights of 40 feet. The bark is smooth in the early years, but it splits and develops furrows with age. Common Serviceberry is a host plant for Red-spotted Purple and Viceroy butterflies, and many songbirds eat the fruits. The fruits were used by Native Americans to make bread.
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