Downy Serviceberry - Amelanchier arborea
The Downy Serviceberry grows as a small tree or shrub, growing anywhere from the woods, on roadsides, and in backyards. These trees tolerate mild climates and drought conditions. The Downy Serviceberry is a pleasant shrub flowering in the early Spring before many early Spring flowering trees and shrubs. The flowers are delicate white petals that develop into an edible fruit in the Summer. The small round fruits turn from red to blue, purple, and black around the month of June. Often the Serviceberry is referred to as Juneberry. The Downy Serviceberry fruit has a sweet flavor that can be eaten raw, or in a variety of recipes. Later in the year, the foliage of the Downy Serviceberry is red slender leaves that complement the fall landscape. The Downy Serviceberry is simply a beauty all year and is a great addition to an edible landscape, or a small yard.
Downy serviceberry also called common serviceberry
It is native growing from Canada all over the United States. Buds on this plant are slender and have pointed tips. The scales on this tree can be seen. The leaves are ovate or elliptical. The flowers on this tree are near perfect with five petals and show up during the early spring. This bush can add color and style to one's yard.
It also requires a good drainage and air circulation and should always be watered during a drought. Bees will also pollinate the flowers, and the fruit is a reddish purple color. The fruit from this tree looks like an apple, and they ripe in the summer and the birds love them. The wood is hardy and strong. Some time it can be used to make handles on tools, some Indians used it to make arrows.
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The flowers can sometimes be gathered for church services and other occasions. It can grow high, up to 35 feet will spread 20 feet. This tree suckers from the base of the trunk and can cause a maintenance issue. This bush can bring up the value of ones home.