Spring show

shad-bush_smallerYou might be starting to notice these white-flowered trees alongside rivers and roads. It goes by many names including Shadbush, June Berry and Serviceberry. Early American colonists called it serviceberry because funeral services for those who died in the winter were postponed until the spring when the ground was no longer frozen. The flowers of the tree, the first to bloom in the spring, were gathered for church services. In areas where the influence of the church was not as strong, the name shadbush was used to refer to the fact that the showy masses of white flowers occur at the same time that shad start running upstream to spawn.

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