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Amelanchier arborea or shadbush or serviceberry or juneberry

Shadbush blooms in early spring

Blooming now in the forests in my area are the delicate, 5-petaled white flowers of the shadbush (Amelanchier arborea), a large shrub or small tree that’s common in eastern North America. The flowers of shadbush stand out among the gray and brown tree trunks and leafless branches of early spring. Viewed from a distance, the radiant white shadbush flowers can light up a forested hillside.

 

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Every so often, I encounter a tree in the forest that appears to be on tiptoes. The tree’s trunk is suspended a foot or two above the ground, held up by several strong roots. What kind of tree is this, and how did it come to grow this way?

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