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Mountain laurel is **not** shad tree

Well well well. Common names get thrown about and applied pretty randomly, so maybe **some**one calls mountain laurel shad tree, but I'd misunderstood my father: he wasn't saying that mountain laurel = shad tree; he was saying that there's another tree that blooms at the same time that's called that.

Searching on Wikipedia, I find that the genus Amelanchier has several species that get called shad tree or shadbush (they also get called things like serviceberry, a name I know I hear a lot).

As you'll see, there's alder-leaved shadbush, lovely shadbush, downy shadbush ... pick a shadbush to suit your mood! Maybe red-twigged?

But don't confuse it with mountain laurel!

Mountain Shadbush

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dark_phoenix54
May. 24th, 2017 10:15 pm (UTC)
It's serviceberry around here, or, more accurately, sarviceberry (how many born here pronounce it). Here it gets mixed up with the native syringa, which looks a lot like it but blooms later (and has slightly different leaves)
asakiyume
May. 25th, 2017 12:38 pm (UTC)
It's interesting how names go! Yeah, I hear "serviceberry" around here a lot more than "shadbush" (in fact I've never heard "shadbush")
pigshitpoet
May. 25th, 2017 12:06 am (UTC)
delicate posies

; )
asakiyume
May. 25th, 2017 12:39 pm (UTC)
Pretty things ^_^
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