Thursday, April 20, 2006

Serviceberry, Shadbush, Juneberry

Everything is blooming most recklessly; if it were voices instead of colors, there would be an unbelievable shrieking into the heart of the night. - Rainer Maria Rilke, Letters of Rainer Maria Rilke

The Serviceberry (Amelanchier spp.) is a beautiful native ornamental tree that is well-loved by birds for its sweet fruit. It blooms in my yard in mid-April usually; at the same time as the apple trees, after the ornamental pears, but before the dogwoods come to bloom. Early settlers knew it as Shadbush because it blooms when the shad run. My husband gave me this tree a few years ago - its fruit ripens in my birth month, hence its other common name, Juneberry. He wants badly to prune and shape it, but so far I've convinced him to leave it growing as a multi-stemmed shrub, rather than a tree. Its natural shape is gracefully arched and its blossoms look like shimmering lace against the woodland border.


Pam in Tucson said...

What a dreamy photo. I've heard of the Serviceberry, but have never seen one. Which birds like it?

Susan Gets Native said...

That's a great photo, Laura. I can't seem to get shots in-focus with my dig focuses about 5 feet away from the flower I am trying to capture.
Don't cedar waxwings and robins like serviceberry?

Endment said...

I have been reading that the Serviceberry is a good choice for our area but we haven't planted any yet --- your lovely photo has convinced me - A plus is to hear birds like it