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post #1 of 29 (permalink) Old 06-29-2011, 05:51 PM Thread Starter
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Tree ID

Anyone have a positive ID on this tree? It is about 15 to 20' tall. The berries have 2 to 3 small tan seeds.

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post #2 of 29 (permalink) Old 06-29-2011, 07:03 PM
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You have a nice example of a serviceberry tree (also called a shadbush, shadblow, juneberry and several other names. Many differnt species, that even experts have trouble telling them apart..... and they also readily hybridize just to confuse things a little more. But it doesn't matter because when the berries are ripe (dark red/purple and soft) they are delicious, sort of a cross between a strawberry and blueberry flavor. Unfortunately, most critters including lots of songbirds, coons, and bears also covet them and will beat you to them most years. Bears will climb up the more slender trees and use their weight to pull them to earth, usually breaking up the tree top in the process. The stump sprouts of the trees are probably the most favored deer browse that I have ever encountered. Lots of folklore surrounding the names of the trees also. Makes a great piefilling if you can get enough, although I usually eat them out-of-hand. Oh, and due to their small size, the wood is seldom seen, but it is a delicate pinkish color and fairly dense.
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Thanks, you confirmed my suspicion. Do they readily produce from seed?

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yes, seed is the normal method of regeneration. They get started near the tree, or wherever deposited in the poop of birds or small mammals. And bears, because if you are in the woods at the time when there are a lot of juneberries, the bear scat is loose, slimy looking with a distinct purplish hue and the small seeds are very evident. They need a lot of light to start growing, but will grow over a wide range of conditions. Another method of regeneration is by sprouts, wheter the top of the tree was naturally killed or was cut off by man. but that only works if the sprouts make it out of reach of the deer.
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Also makes some darn good jelly.




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I will be picking some tomorrow.

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Two trees I haven't encountered yet, Serviceberry and Paw-Paw.

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If you lived on my side of the state I could show you lots of Paw Paw trees.




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I have seen Paw-Paw trees, but never tasted them. I would love to pick some this year. When do they ripen? I am thinking of making a trip down to the Southern part of the state. Are they common in creek bottom areas? Where would be a good area to look for them?

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I find them inside woods. They are small trees with big leaves and the fruit is hard to see. The fruit is ripe enough to eat in the fall when the skin starts to get brown splotches on it, kinda looks like a green mango. If the fruit is not ripe it draws your mouth like an unripe persimmon. Pics of tree and fruit. http://www.blossomnursery.com/pawpaw_TREE_&_FRUIT.html




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