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The serviceberry [pic 1], also known as shadbush, is known for its edible fruits that taste somewhat like a blueberry with almond-flavored seeds. The name of this tree is deeply rooted in local history: in the wintertime when the ground was frozen, people could not bury the deceased. It wasn’t until spring, at the time the Serviceberry bloomed, that the ground would be thawed enough to hold funeral services and bury those who had passed away during the cold winter. The name “shadbush” reminds us of the large numbers of shad that used to swim up our streams in spring.