The Amazing Serviceberry

| 5/31/2012 12:39:50 PM

Tags: edible landscape, organic, berries, tree, shrub, flowers, juice, regional, eat your yard, Nan K. Chase, urban farm, Nan Chase,

In my lineup of edible landscape plants, the serviceberry plays a starring role. Yet for too many gardeners this plant is unknown. Are you ready to try something new and delicious?

Serviceberry blooming 

A small tree or large shrub in form, and bearing many names, this American native plant is beautiful in early spring for its billows of lacy white blooms and beautiful again in autumn for blazing color on the pleasing rounded leaves. In the late spring – serviceberry is sometimes called Juneberry – the fruit makes for some magical eating, as thousands of delicious purple-red berries ripen. 

Spring blossom closeup 

serviceberry fall color 

On a day like today, in mid-May this exceptionally warm spring of 2012, I can pick a gallon of the berries in about an hour. And it’s important to pick the highly nutritious berries as soon as you find them, for birds love them too, and the berries don’t stay on the tree much more than one or two weeks a year. 

9/13/2017 1:15:56 AM

We had two Sarvis trees when i was growing up. Sadly those trees died a few years ago, and i have not seen one in Western Kentucky in many many years

9/13/2017 1:15:54 AM

We had 2 trees in our back yard growing up in western Kentucky. We would eat til our fingers turned purple from picking them. Sadly, those two trees died, and the only other trees i knew of are gone as well. I havent seen Sarvises locally in many many years

2/9/2014 8:25:57 PM

We love serviceberries! Our landscaper put a tree in several years ago and we had to literally fight the cardinals away from them come harvest time. The tree was a prolific bearer and and we would freeze them to enjoy all year long. We have now moved to a new home and the first thing we planted was a serviceberry tree.

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