Spring surprise

There are a few volunteer shrubs and small trees growing at the back edge of my yard, right along where the barely-managed common ground strip starts. In the past I've removed bush honeysuckle from this area, spent time finding and cutting grape vines where they emerge from the soil, planted a few small trees on my own -- I've even mulched back here a few times. So I'm pretty familiar with what is growing in this "wild" strip.

There's a small tree that I've been watching for a few years. It's got interesting but not spectacular bark, and a nice branching structure, but I haven't been able to identify it. This year I got more of a clue, as it has bloomed for the first time ever (or at least the first time I ever noticed)!


At first the blooms looked like they would be pink or red, which was exciting:

But after opening they turned white:

I haven't yet identified the tree, but I think I can now with a little research. The blooms look very similar to the blooms on my plum tree:

Blooms from plum tree

I'm excited to see if this "new" tree will produce any fruit or berries -- I assume it will, since a seed got here somehow several years ago, and birds are the best seed-spreaders when fruit is involved.

Now I just need to do a little pruning on it to keep those branches from sticking out into the path back there.

Nice little tree, now with another attractive feature!


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Gerhard Bock  – (March 22, 2012 at 9:50 AM)  

Nice flowers. Simple but cheery. Was the tree a volunteer or did somebody else plant it?

Anonymous –   – (March 22, 2012 at 10:23 AM)  

Hey Alan,

Is that a Serviceberry (Amelanchier grandiflora) possibly?


Cat  – (March 22, 2012 at 2:55 PM)  

That's a nice little gift of nature! Speaking of gifts, I'm going to send you some globe mallow seeds. Look for them in the next week or so :)

Alan @ It's not work, It's gardening!  – (March 23, 2012 at 7:37 AM)  

Jeremy: I have a couple of Serviceberries, and it's nothing like them. Crabapple is possible Christine. I'm hoping it produces some fruit -- that will make things a lot easier. :-)

Anonymous –   – (March 24, 2012 at 8:15 AM)  

Alan - do you know which variety(ies) of serviceberries you have? (I'm guessing you do..) I am looking at a bunch to decide which one I want. Regent is a short one with supposedly great tasting berries, but I like the taller ones too. There are so many varieties. Thx, anne

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