A native shrub or small tree found throughout the western States and most of Canada, serviceberry (Amelanchier alnifolia) is a member of the Rose Family with five white petals. The serviceberry flowers appear in the early spring as the snow melts and the ground thaws out. It is at this time of year, in times past, that burials and funeral services could again begin to occur, hence the common name. Shadbush, another colloquial name, refers to the fact that this shrub bloomed at the time of the shad runs. The purplish fruits are enjoyed by birds and other wildlife throughout the summer. This serviceberry bush was photographed along the Klamath River in Siskiyou County CA.

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2 Responses to Serviceberry

  1. lin says:

    The serviceberry I planted last fall on the north of our house is blooming…love those native plants !!!

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