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The trees germinate their leaves and flowers when the soil temp get warmer. That warming is coming later everywhere as global cooling advances.
A wise plant doesn't bloom before the last freeze date.
We've definitely had a late spring here in upstate New York. Usually by now (second week of May) the leaves on the sugar maples are just about full size, but so far this year they seem to be only about half way grown. We didn't even have buds on the trees until about 3 weeks ago.
I always cringe when I hear the name "serviceberry". Couldn't they have come up with a less utilitarian name for something so beautiful?
A late bloomer!
Clearly, it's yet another sign of the complete slowdown visited upon the land by the Obamajahadeen.
First year it sleeps, then it creeps, then it leaps.My cherry tree is blossoming now. Yay! And the wisteria in the back -- which has never blossomed -- might have some buds on it. If it doesn't bloom this year -- after 9 years -- it's getting chopped.
Does the old conventional wisdom about new plants - the first year they sleep, then they creep, and by the 3rd they leap - apply to trees?
Service berries are a good wildlife habitat tree.
What the HECK is a serviceberry?
If it doesn't bloom this year -- after 9 years -- it's getting chopped.MadisonMan, do it. Nothing makes a Wisteria bloom like being chopped. I'm serious - it's a plant that loves to be stressed. Don't feed it, don't coddle it. Instead, with a spade, chop at its roots. And after bloom time (June), with loppers, chop at its shoots. And remember: don't let it climb on any (non-concrete/steel) structure that you don't want pulled down because, by golly, it'll do it.
Couldn't they have come up with a less utilitarian name for something so beautiful?Bushman, "Serviceberry" is probably a corruption of the European genus Sorbus. Amelanchier is also known as "Juneberry" and some other common names. I noticed, when we were in the Colorado high country, bear scat was made up of about 90% undigested Juneberries in August.
Here in New England we call it shad bush because it blooms when the shad, a fish from the ocean like salmon, swim up streams to spawn. The shad bush is Amelanchier. Sorbus is mountain ash.
Bushman, have you tried eating the fruit of the serviceberry? It's serviceable. As for spring -- last year's was remarkably early. This year, spring got put on hold by a chilly April.
Peter, I know they are edible but I've never tried them. I do know that some birds are big fans. After reading Meade's comment I thought scatberry may work. That would be a name somewhat less mundane. However, it probably won't fly with serviceberry aficionados.As for spring, It's been cancelled here on the east coast of Lake Michigan. We'll just have to try again next year.
I mean the west coast of Lake Michigan. Duh.
In the Twin Cities, we went from cool to hot and humid. Yuck. At least it was nice Monday afternoon.
LOL, Bushman- there is another name for 'Serviceberry'- it's June berry. And, MMMMM, do I love picking them frommy bushes- the trick is to beat the birds.They're wonderful fresh from the bush, but best in real cream. :P my mouth is watering!Try freezing them- just rinse the bugs off and freeze, then use later with cream and a drop of sugar. Winter delight!Shy III
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