Tuesday, March 30, 2010

March 30 - ServiceBerry Tree - Amelanchier arborea

March 30 - Serviceberry Tree
This is one of the first trees to bloom in the spring, beautiful white flowers.

There is a story about why this tree is called the Serviceberry tree. The story goes that when the serviceberry tree blooms in the spring, the ground has thawed enough to bury anyone that passed away during the frozen winter months. The blooming of the serviceberry tree was a sign that the circuit riding preacher would be around to do the burial service under a serviceberry tree.

I had an ancestor who was a circuit riding preacher; this story always make me think of him.


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