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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.
Edible Plant Guide © 2012 Markus Rothkranz
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We bought bare-root native "wildlife-friendly" shrubs (gray and silky dogwood, serviceberry, bayberry, blueberry, viburnum and chokeberry) from our local conservation district (you can find your conservation district at, and planted groups of them to create thickets providing habitat for many birds, snakes, insects and small mammals.
The beds are planted with many species of stonecrops, hens and chicks, horsetails, and chives, interspersed with young, mostly native, trees, including serviceberry, yellow wood, trembling aspen, and staghorn sumac.
That's 8,000 saplings, all native to the flatlands of Ohio: white oak, red oak, chestnut, walnut, hazelnut, hickory, sycamore, pecan, tulip, black gum, sweet gum, cherry, choke cherry, serviceberry, crab apple, persimmOn, bald cypress, and more.
There are native plants that are edible, including several nut-producing trees and fruit trees like serviceberry, pawpaw and blueberries.
Polygonaceae Bistort Polygonum Nectar bistortoides Pursch Rosaceae Serviceberry Amelanchier Strong alnifolia Nutt.
Plant berry-producing shrubs such as dogwood, serviceberry and viburnum, which will provide fruit throughout the seasons.
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For example, a small tree such as a serviceberry (Amelanchier arborea) has attractive spring flowers; beautiful blue-green leaves in summer that change to a striking yellow-orange in the fall; small, edible, dark-blue fruit in summer (Juneberry is another common name for this plant); and pretty, smooth, gray bark all year long (Figure 6-16).
We have hero firemen from 9/11 afflicted with a cough, and tinkering with a doodlebug, learning to split firewood and distinguish mountain ash from serviceberry shrubs.
Also called juneberry, serviceberry, and shadblow, the shadbush is a member of the rose family.