Wednesday, September 26, 2012
Wildflower Wednesday: Serviceberries
In my garden, I've planted several serviceberries, Amelanchier sp., which are members of the Roseceae family.
The white blooms in early spring are not as showy as those of their relative the apple tree, but are pretty and delicate. Plus they don't stink like the blooms on those ghastly Callery pear trees that everyone insists on planting.
By late spring the serviceberries are covered with fruit.
Throughout the summer, the foliage remains "clean and green", turning a lovely maroon color in the fall.
Well, you might not like that serviceberries are often grown as multi-trunk trees. If you choose to plant one with a single trunk, be prepared to cut off suckers as they form around the base of the trunk and don't expect it to tower like an oak tree. You also might not like that if you plant a serviceberry near a sidewalk or driveway, some of the fruit may drop to the ground and make a little bit of a mess. But neither is that big of a problem. Don't let them stop you from planting this in your garden. The birds will thank you for doing so.
My name is Carol and I endorse serviceberries for Wildflower Wednesday, hosted by Gail at Clay and Limestone on the fourth Wednesday of the month.