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Juneberry, Serviceberry - Amelanchier candensis

Native Americans made a tea from the root bark. The Chippewa used it to treat female problems, while the Cherokee used it for digestive troubles.

Chinese use this tree to make a worm medicine. Identifying and Harvesting Edible and Medicinal Plants

This bush has been called Shadblow because its blooming coincides with the running of the shad in the rivers.

The berries of this tree have been eaten by many peoples. Serviceberries

It is a lovely small ornamental tree and grows wild in many places in the United States. This is a good candidate to plant near a bird feeder. It provides a twiggy shelter for the birds.

Birds and mammals are attracted to the small red fruits. The leaves are a larval food (host plant) for swallowtail butterflies.

"Wood frogs and spring peepers often visit these in spring for insects; host plant for striped hairstreak and an underwing moth." Three Rivers Habitat Partnership

juneberry fruits close up

close up of ripening Juneberries

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Juneberry laden with fruits

juneberry flower

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