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see shadbushshadbush,
or serviceberry,
any species of the genus Amelanchier of the family Rosaceae (rose family), chiefly North American shrubs or trees conspicuous in the early spring for their white blossoms.
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Small shrubby tree up to 24 ft (8m) with berries that look and taste very much like blueberries. Lewis and Clark lived off juneberries when they travelled across and discovered America. Already ripe in the spring. They require no care to grow. Taste best fresh and raw. Leaves look like apple leaves. Small white apple-like 5-petal flowers that look like little white airplane propellers.
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The following article is from The Great Soviet Encyclopedia (1979). It might be outdated or ideologically biased.



(Amelanchier), a plant genus of the family Rosa-ceae. The Juneberry is a shrub or small tree, with deciduous round or oval leaves that are dark green on top, light green on the bottom, and dark or yellowish red in autumn. The flowers are white or cream-colored and are gathered into corymb-like racemes at the end of the shoots. The fruit is round and blue-black or reddish violet, with a diameter of up to 10 mm; it is sweet and edible, ripening in July. The Juneberry can grow in almost any soil.

Approximately 25 species are known in North America, North Africa, Western Europe, the Caucasus, and the Crimea. The most widely known species is Amelanchier rotundifolia, which is cultivated for its fruit and nectar and as a decorative plant. Juneberries are reproduced by sowing seeds, grafting roots, and dividing the shrub. A. canadensis is also cultivated; it has greater frost resistance than A. rotundifera.

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A hallmark of this catalog (available in print or online) is its tips for choosing, planting and growing cold-hardy fruits, including cherries, plums, juneberries and ligonberries.
The best juneberries are juicy and sweet, with the richness of sweet cherry with a hint of almond.
I look both to the wild and to my garden for apples, chokecherries, Juneberries, blackberries, raspberries, gooseberries, strawberries, rhubarb, mulberries, plums, and an occasional wintergreen berry that breaks that snarfing habit of eating and makes you stop to appreciate and relish one small red berry.
These fruits arc blueberrysized and dark blue, so comparisons with blueberries seem unavoidable, in fact, juneberries are juicy and sweet, with Their own distinctive flavor that is a bit almondy.