Why aren’t serviceberry trees and shrubs more popular for small gardens? The serviceberry (amelanchier) is found along streambanks and moist woodlands. It’s cultivated for its pink flowers. We like the serviveberry for another reason — its fruit.
In color and taste the serviceberry resembles blueberry. We make serviceberry harvest a community event. Any kid is invited to pick berries, for immediate eating or for take-home. We like them for jam and breakfast cereal. Today the picker is Lucy. Tomorrow it will be robin carry-in.