The Serviceberry is a member of the Rose family (Rosaceae), and I wanted to find out why it’s called Amelanchier in North America.
According to the Missouri Botanical Garden webpage Amelanchier derives from a French provincial tree of the same genus, Amelanchier ovalis. Then there is the European tree Sorbus domestica or True Service tree. All of which I find confusing.
I took these pictures of my tree in Lexington, Kentucky on a sunny day just over a week ago. The first one is looking up through the branches to a cloudless sky, and the second one shows buds forming at the branch ends.
Below left shows lichen growing on it, which I hope isn’t a sign of trouble. On the right are species crocus growing at the foot of the tree, a sure sign that spring is on the way.
My thanks to Mike for letting me guest post. Please have a look at Pat/Squirrelbasket’s comprehensive post for details of what tree following is all about.