It really is a berry...

Everyone, I think, is familiar with the bloom of the serviceberry or shadbush tree (Amelanchier arborea.) But most probably do what I do and put them out of their mind after the bloom is gone. But, as I discovered today when I took the photo below, they really do have berries.

I wasn’t really sure what they were without the bloom, to tell you the truth. But I had a friend (Steve Orchard, a forester for the Missouri Department of Conservation) along who knew what they were. He says that they’re quite tasty, but tried these and decided they weren’t ripe yet. I wussed and wouldn’t try them. What can I say, I’m not a fruit (or vegetable) eater.

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