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 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, "Don't plant these 10 invasive species in your yard: tiger lilies, burning bush and more," 7 May 2020 But the serviceberry will never get big enough to cause a problem. Beth Botts, chicagotribune.com, "Tree vs. power line: Plan ahead to avoid conflict," 5 Aug. 2019 Others, like apples and serviceberries, will keep their fruit within reach — at least of taller high-schoolers. Gabriel Popkin, Washington Post, "For D.C. students, lessons in growth, of the garden variety," 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, "Shedd Aquarium horticulturalist-beekeeper to retire after 25 years, leaving legacy of sustainability," 6 Sep. 2019 Elderberry, serviceberry, dogwood and snowberry are attractive options that are well-adapted to our region and great sources of fall food for birds. oregonlive, "How to put out the welcome mat for birds this winter," 29 Oct. 2019 In autumn, the ginko tree, serviceberry and aspen change to golden yellow while the Russian hawthorns bear fruits. Colleen Smith, The Denver Post, "Denver’s oasis has been tucked away in the Denver Botanic Gardens for 40 years," 29 June 2019 One example is serviceberries, which are also called Juneberries. Judy Buchenot, Naperville Sun, "Suburban Cooks: Recipe for food-producing garden," 20 Apr. 2018 The metal walkway with the eight-foot incline is flanked by warehouses and a floral arrangement of Allegheny serviceberry, eastern redbuds, wild ginger and magnolia trees. Andrea Sachs, chicagotribune.com, "Take a walk on New York's High Line from end-to-end," 2 July 2018

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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 14 Aug. 2020.

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