Friday, May 29, 2009

Service berries

I have had this service berry tree in my yard for over twenty years. It is about eight feet tall now, and it bears these delicious berries in late May and early June. Sometimes it is called June berry for that reason. The genus name is Amelanchier, and there are several species with edible berries. I don't know what species my tree is.

The berries look a little like blueberries, and they have a nutty, sweet taste. There is a little crunchy seed inside. It is time-consuming to harvest them, and there are usually not a whole lot, so I just eat them in the garden. The birds do, too.

Service berry is a nice edible ornamental tree, small, and adapted to partial shade.

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