Amelanchiers

A very useful group of ornamental flowering trees. Well over thirty common (nonscientific) names apply. Among them are Sarvistree, Serviceberry, Shadblow, Juneberry, Downy Shadblow, Sugar Plum, May Cherry, Lancewood trees, etc.

Amelanchier can be planted as a specimen tree, either as a clump, or single stem standing alone in any choice lawn area. They often are used to ‘frame’ a home or building, by planting them at the corners, either front or rear, or at an offset with a complimentary basal planting.

In very early Spring before any leaves appear on itself or surrounding trees, Sarvistrees burst into flower. Almost every small sprig and branch appear covered with attractive, dainty, white blossoms. Sarvistrees can be observed in full flower in woodland areas all around Ohio, and give us the first breath of Spring in early April. Flowers are not subject to winter kill or frosts, or freeze damage, they are self-pollinating. Both male and female flowers are borne on the same tree.

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