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 Best fall foliage Along Red Butte’s Garden Floral Walk, just past the Pear Arbor, is an area staff members call the serviceberry tunnel. Kaitlyn Bancroft, The Salt Lake Tribune, 3 Aug. 2021 Bee-friendly options for early blooms include serviceberry trees and native flowers shooting star, wild geranium, Virginia bluebells and wild lupine. Jennifer Rude Klett, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 13 Apr. 2022 Ashmore recommends serviceberry, witch-hazel, and Carolina silverbell. Nina Tran, USA TODAY, 30 Nov. 2021 The grant will help pay for serviceberry shrubs, ornamental grass and red maple trees. John Benson, cleveland, 24 Nov. 2021 The serviceberry is a deciduous, small tree or shrub in the rose family, according to the Clemson Cooperative Extension Home & Garden Information Center. Kaitlyn Bancroft, The Salt Lake Tribune, 3 Aug. 2021 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 See More

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First Known Use of serviceberry

1805, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for serviceberry

service entry 4 + berry entry 1

Note: Note that the name serviceberry refers to a North American plant (Amelanchier) of a different genus than the plant denoted by service in Europe (genus Sorbus).

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23 Aug 2022

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“Serviceberry.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/serviceberry. Accessed 28 Sep. 2022.

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