It’s Planting Season!
Throughout the month of May we will be posting our Staff picks for ‘Tree of the Week’. We hope you enjoy learning about these trees and that perhaps it inspires you to plant a new tree this spring in your yard.
Serviceberry (Amelanchier canadensis)Mature Height – 9m Mature Spread – 3m
A small to medium sized tree that is a great fit for the urban environment, it is salt tolerant and survives dense shade. This tree flowers beautifully in the spring and berries that follow are delicious!
Canadian service-berry or shadblow service-berry is a small, understory tree or large, multi-trunked shrub usually growing in clumps with many upright branches. Its crown is delicate and open. Long-petaled, white blossoms, opening before leaves emerge, are followed by a small, crimson-colored, edible, apple-like fruit. Enduring fall foliage is orange to rusty-red.
The fruits of serviceberries are very tasty, but often the wild birds, squirrels, raccoons and bears get most of them. The experts say the fruits taste better after they are cooked, which makes the seeds softer and brings out an almondlike flavor. Fresh and canned fruits are made into jams and pies.
” Someone’s sitting in the shade today because someone planted a tree a long time ago.” — Warren Buffett