On my visit to Home Depot's garden center I also chanced upon a Serviceberry, Amelanchier canadensis, another lovely native of Tennessee and a good portion of Eastern North America.
I don't know what is going on with HD. They are trying to confuse me, just when I was thinking there would be the usual array of Bradford Pear and Leyland Cypress...they totally surprise me with a native tree that I have always admired. Now, I have to stop by there regularly to see what other surprises they might have in store.
In case you aren't familiar with this small native tree...let me tell you about her.
Serviceberry has many names but one that some of you might recognize is Shadblow. Early American colonist called it Shadblow when they noticed its white blooms on the banks of the rivers when the Shad was running, and Juneberry when the red berries were ripe in June.
Not a bad story. Serviceberry is is a small understory tree or a multi-stemmed shrub. According to the literature, it naturally occurs in wet boggy spots, as do most of the serviceberries. Despite this preference, they thrive in my garden... which astounds me, because this yard can be brutally dry.
Why I grow it:
1. It provides food for birds and squirrels and is a visual treat for me. Someday, I hope to get enough berries to actually be able to get to them before the birds do. The owner of a local garden center said that he has had Juneberry pie and loved it.
2. In the spring the racemes of narrow petaled white flowers are lovely. They really need an evergreen background to show off their blooms. I’m a walk up and look at my trees gardener, so I can live with out the evergreen background.
3. I love the multi-trunked shrub form; it isn't a dense shrub so you can see through it and the roots are shallow so perennials and wild flowers are happy beneath it.
4. Fall color. Goldish/orangish color...
I plan to plant it in the Rusty Blackhaw Trail near another A canadensis and of course the Rusties. The autumn colors will look great together. ...let's hope it looks as good this fall as it does in my imagination.
Now tell me about your surprise finds, I really want to know.
* American Beauty website, A canadensis in bloom and UConn plant database