serviceberry

noun
ser·​vice·​ber·​ry | \ ˈsər-vəs-ˌber-ē How to pronounce serviceberry (audio) also ˈsär- \

Definition of serviceberry

1 : the edible purple or red fruit of any of various North American trees or shrubs (genus Amelanchier) of the rose family
2 : a tree or shrub that produces serviceberries and has showy white flowers in the spring

called also Juneberry, shadblow, shadbush

Examples of serviceberry in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The Lenape knew spring by another bloom: white tufts of flowers from the serviceberry tree, which powder its branches like snow in April. New York Times, 20 Mar. 2021 Heidi chose a serviceberry tree that would eventually produce leaves that would turn a brilliant orange in the fall — her favorite color. Holly Bailey, Washington Post, 2 Jan. 2021 Plants that flower in March include willows, serviceberry and spicebush. Joanne Kempinger Demski, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 3 Sep. 2020 Plenty of native species will also produce colorful flowers in spring, including serviceberry, flowering dogwood, and redbud. Andrea Beck, Better Homes & Gardens, 14 Aug. 2020 Instead, opt for native serviceberry (Amelanchier laevis) with similar dense white flowers in spring and seeds that are loved by birds. Jennifer Rude Klett, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 7 May 2020 But the serviceberry will never get big enough to cause a problem. Beth Botts, chicagotribune.com, 5 Aug. 2019 Others, like apples and serviceberries, will keep their fruit within reach — at least of taller high-schoolers. Gabriel Popkin, Washington Post, 16 Nov. 2019 The perennial foods garden produces plants that can live for more than two years such as raspberries, blueberries, serviceberries and hops. Marie Fazio, chicagotribune.com, 6 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use of serviceberry

1784, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for serviceberry

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“Serviceberry.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/serviceberry. Accessed 24 Jul. 2021.

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