Wednesday, March 30, 2011

March 30 - The Serviceberry Tree - Amelanchier arborea (Shadbush)

Shadbush by Coastlander
Shadbush a photo by Coastlander on Flickr.
How beautiful March and April are in the Southern Appalachian Mountains when the Serviceberry tree blooms.  This is a mark of spring, this incredible bloom showing in the mountains when all the rest of the trees still are waking up.

Song birds and squirrels eat the summer berries of the Serviceberry tree; so do people, like me.  White tailed deer browse on the young leaves and twigs.

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