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The Amelanchier Tree

The Amelanchier tree has many names:  the Serviceberry, Sarvisberry, Sarvis, Shadbush, Shadwood, Wild Pear, Juneberry, Saskatoon, Sugarplum, Wild-Plum and Chuckley Pear.  The Amelanchier has an interesting backstory to follow many of its nicknames.

Amelanchier Residential Westchester Tree Life

The Amelanchier tree is a short tree or large shrub ideal for adding beauty to your landscape.

This tree of many names was often used as an indication to mark the time of year when shad fish came to spawn, thus the nicknames Shadblow or Shadbush.

Amelanchier Tree Westchester Tree Life

Westchester Tree Life Amelanchier

Early colonists referred to the Amelanchier as the Serviceberry.  The colonists referenced the blooming of the Amelanchier as a sign that the ground had thawed enough to bury the dead, after a long winter.  The name Serviceberry was a term derived from funeral service.

Amelanchier canadensis Westchester Tree Life

Amelanchier candensis

The Amelanchier is also called the Juneberry for it’s bountiful boughs of berries produced in June, which attract  birds.

Serviceberry Westchester Tree Life

A tree that features something beautiful each season, the Amelanchier tree’s bright green leaves turn a bright orange and deep red during Autumn.

Amelanchier Westchester Tree Life

The Amelanchier’s leaves are bright during fall.

Once the tree has shed its leaves for winter, its silvery bark resonates during winter snow.  This small tree, or large bush is a great addition to your landscape as a tell-tale sign that spring has sprung.