May. 25, 2017

Pacific serviceberry, Amelanchier interior

Serviceberries are one of the more persistently polynominal wildflowers. Among their names are Juneberry, shadbush, saskatoon, and even chuckly-pear. It's a little sad that the flowery language of the past is no longer ours to describe them. See the blog page for a delightful example of what once was. Juneberries, as I have mostly known them, are a favorite trail nibble. Just make sure you're not getting the very similar mountain holly. Yuck, what a nasty surprise! Juneberries have become a fairly popular garden tree. George Washington planted them at Mount Vernon. The flowers are about an inch across. This species grows in varied habitats in IA, IL(E), ME, MI, MN, NY, OH, SD, VT, WI, NB, NF, NS, ON, PE, and QC. Ives Fen Preserve, Lenawee Co MI, 5/5/11.