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Amelanchier, What Do You Call It?
April 24, 2017

It was a busy past week around here.

Warmer than average temperatures allowed me to get some work done outside.

The first two lawn mows of the season.

The first cut was Monday and the second on Saturday (thanks to the Thunderstorms on Thursday).

Friday didn't reach 50 degrees (10 c.).

I enjoy the first few mows of the season.

The smell of fresh cut grass and the tight, groomed look.

After that, mowing becomes a real drag.

Karen likes to use Leeks from time to time, I have never grown the before this year.

I planted the seedlings I have been growing inside the past several weeks, along with onion seedlings, lettuce, radishes and spinach.

Of course there are other things always going on.

The birds in the neighborhood have been busy as well.

I watched the Mourning Doves build this nest and now they are sitting.

A Tree swallow staking claim to one of the gourd houses I have.

Also, I have a series of a Robin's nest.

I watched her build this last weekend.

I also have a series of pictures with eggs.

I'm sure many of you have witnessed this as well, but it is something I never tire of witnessing.

So, what do you call it.


Serviceberry, Juneberry, Shad-blow, Shad, Saskatoon, and other names.

It goes by many names for the many regions it grows native.

Botanically, it is called 'Amelanchier'.

Carolus Linnaeus, often known as the father of botanical names, breaks plants down family and sub family.

Now, when you want to talk Amelanchier, any one in the business or field should know what you are talking about.

Saskatoon from the Pacific northwest is foreign to the Northeast where Shad-blow may be the common name.

Here in Michigan we go by Juneberry, or Serviceberry.

There are a good 20 species of Amelanchier native to North America.

You can find at least one variety in the 49 states and throughout all of Canada.

Amelanchier species and the different cultivars (cultivated varieties) grow from 4 to 25+ feet tall and 4 to 15 feet wide.

They are Zone hardy from 2-10, so there is at least one for your gardening needs.

They prefer full sun, but will tolerate partial sun (less fruiting).

Prefers a loamy soil, but will tolerate sand and a bit of clay

It enjoys a sightly moist soil, a good mulch will help to retain moisture.

Soil pH on the slightly acid side to around neutral (pH 5.5 to 7.8)

A member of the rose family, they are susceptible to certain issues that rose bushes have.

This deciduous plant is attractive all year round, as it offers an attractive white flower for spring, Reddish to purple fruits, followed by stunning fall colors, and the gray bark for the bare, and often white winters.

Amelanchier are a welcome plant for any wildlife/bird garden.

Flowers attract pollinators, and we all want to help out the bees.

Hummingbirds find the nectar as well.

The fruits are tasty and consumed by humans, if you can get them before the birds do.

Several species of fruit eating birds will flock to these plants.

Mocking birds, Waxwings, Robins, and a host of others.

An added bonus for the wildlife garden...........

Several species of butterflies and a moths use Amelanchier as host plants, including Viceroy, Striped Hairstreak, Two-tailed Tiger Swallowtail butterflies, Small-eyed Sphinx Moth and the Blinded Sphinx Moth.

Is this native plant is worthy of your gardens?

Well, it is time to fly for now.

Before I go, here is your positive thought for the week.

God Bless.

Heroism is really the quest to live according to one's internal standards of right and wrong, regardless of whether the world is watching.

John F. Groom

The world seems to always be watching, but the true value of a person is to continue when no one is watching you.

But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.

Matthew 6:33

"Treat the earth well:

It was not given to you by your parents,

It was loaned to you by your children.

We do not inherit the Earth from our

Ancestors, we borrow it from our Children."

Ancient Indian Proverb.

Your friend indeed,

Ron Patterson

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