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If you live in eastern North America and wish to "go native," serviceberry trees are among your options for flowering trees....
Picture of serviceberry tree in bloom.

Picture of serviceberry tree in bloom.

David Beaulieu
Serviceberry trees are early bloomers (late March / early April). From my walks in the woods of New England, I'm most familiar with downy serviceberry trees (Amelanchier arborea). But the picture here shows the Snowcloud Allegheny cultivar (Amelanchier laevis 'Snowcloud'). Serviceberry trees also go by the common names "shadbush," "shadblow" and "shadberry"; these names derive from the fact that serviceberry trees bloom at the same time as the shad (a fish) spawn.
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