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Juneberry, Shadbush

Rosaceae Amelanchier sp.

Source: Magness et al. 1971

Some species of Amelanchier occur over most parts of the United States and produce edible fruits. Most are shrubs or small trees, up to 20 feet, but mostly smaller. The fruits are produced in small, rather open clusters or racemes. Individual fruits are under one-third inch diameter, near round, generally black with a waxy bloom. They are sweet with little acid when ripe. Cultivated forms are known, but serviceberries are but sparingly planted for fruit. Some may be found in Northern Plains gardens, where adapted fruits are limited in number. In such areas, substantial quantities may be harvested from native plants and eaten fresh or used in pies, jams, etc. The season from bloom to harvest is 2 to 3 months.

Last update June 28, 1996 bha