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 www.nacdnet.org), and planted groups of them to create thickets providing habitat for many birds, snakes, insects and small mammals.
Common Name: Serviceberry
, Saskatoon Berry, June Berry
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.
3-8 Vines and Groundcovers Bunchberry Cornus canadensis 2-5 Highbush blueberry Vaccinium corymbosum 5-8 Lowbush blueberry Vaccinium angustifolium 2-5 Sargent's weeping Tsuga canadensis 'Pendula' 4-8 hemlock Trailing arbutus Epigaea repens 3-8 Alkaline Trees Allegheny serviceberry
Amelanchier laevis 4-8 American mountainash Sorbus americana 2-6 Black walnut Juglans nigra 4-9 Blue ash Fraxinus quadrangulata 4-7 Northern catalpa Catalpa speciosa 4-8 Chinese juniper Juniperus chinensis 4-9 Crabapples Malus spp.
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
Also called juneberry, serviceberry
, and shadblow, the shadbush is a member of the rose family.