I almost missed this Serviceberry (Amelanchier arborea) tree which is blooming at the moment. As you can see, it blends into its surroundings.
A branch photographed against the background of the leafless trees. They don’t stand out against this backdrop either. But having seen them…
Once you see them and get up close, they are quite impressive
An individual flower
The Serviceberry is native to the eastern United States and Canada. I’ve only seen it at Fort Yargo State Park. I saw this tree on the lake shore (segment 3) and another tree at the cliff edge midway along segment 13. However, since these flowers ‘blend’ so well into the background so well, I’m sure it’s common elsewhere; I just haven't seen them although I know we don't have any at our place..
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- United States Department of Agriculture Plants Database: Amelanchier arborea (Common Serviceberry)
- Southeastern Flora: Serviceberry (Amelanchier arborea)
- 2010: Year Of The Wildflower