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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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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,, "Take a walk on New York's High Line from end-to-end," 2 July 2018 Smaller trees available were Chinese dogwood, eastern redbud, serviceberry, pawpaw, golden raintree and witch hazel. Carol Kovach,, "Chilly, soggy weather didn't stop Keep Lakewood Beautiful volunteers from sprucing up the city," 29 Apr. 2018 In 2015, volunteers picked serviceberries from bushes at Willowgate Park in Naperville with the park district's permission. Judy Buchenot, Naperville Sun, "Suburban Cooks: Recipe for food-producing garden," 20 Apr. 2018 When yours goes, consider replacing it with serviceberry (Amelanchier spp.) for a longer-lived, beautiful, four-season, native tree. Jo Ellen Meyers Sharp, Indianapolis Star, "The Hoosier Gardener: Ornamental pear trees bad for environment," 20 Apr. 2018 Some low-maintenance trees that come to mind are gingko, hackberry, Kentucky coffee tree and serviceberry. Jennifer Rude Klett, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Towering treasures: Arbor Day beckons us all to dig a hole, plant a tree," 6 Apr. 2018 Gollnick, Reichenbach and Rude said their favorite trees include white pine, sugar maple, burr oak, white oak, ginkgo and serviceberry. Jennifer Rude Klett, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Treasure in your yard: Trees need care and maintenance to thrive," 17 Sep. 2017

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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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