American Serviceberry In Our Neighborhood
A few days ago, I shared the list of bare root trees that The Growing Place is taking pre-orders on during the month of March and included on that list was something called an American Serviceberry Autumn Brilliance. I had not previously come across that particular variety, but due to the whole 'social distancing' dynamic going on this past week, we've done a few family walks down to the park and pond near us. On one of those recent walks, I saw this multi-stemmed shrub (or what I figured was a shrub) and then noticed the little yellow tag on one of the branches. I peep'd at it. And did a double-take.
It is an American Serviceberry. Funny, right? Having not even heard of such a tree/shrub before this week, now I've come across it twice in five days. (Note: I've blurred out the house in the photo just to provide some semblance of privacy here...)
This specimen on our block is heavily multi-stemmed - as you can see. It has branching very low on the larger limbs/trunks. And since it hasn't broken dormancy, it looks awfully bare. But, I've now looked around to see what this thing might look like when it comes alive. The Growing place describes it as "wet tolerant" and from what I know of the grading of the property, it may be a wet spot, so it is living up to its billing.
First...because of the name - you guess'd it: they put on a nice Fall show. Here's a photo from the Tree Farm:
|Via the Tree Farm here. This is not my photo.|
|Not my photo. Via Pinterest here.|