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
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For example, instead of an invasive Callery pear tree, the app suggests non-native flowering trees, including other small flowering trees, such as Cornelian-cherry dogwood (Cornus mas) or the native Allegheny serviceberry (Amelanchier laevis).
The DNR says the best tree to replace any invasive tree species is one that’s native to a particular region, such as serviceberry trees that produce white spring blooms and fruit that attracts wildlife.
Plant raspberries, strawberries, serviceberries, currants and gooseberries now.
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Origin and Etymology of serviceberry
First Known Use: 1784See Words from the same year
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