On the northeastern seaboard you’ll see darling little trees blooming in the woods at this time of year and you might be wondering what they are. I grew up with it being called a shad tree, but it’s real name is Amelanchier (it also goes by shadbush, shadwood, shad blow – you get the idea) and in New England folklore, it’s bloom time coincides with the shad run in the local rivers – thus the common name. The shad swam upstream to spawn and were an important food source for Native Americans and early settlers (it can be fabulous now too!), so having a spring marker was invaluable.
The shad tree was considered a junk tree for years with landscapers ripping it out without a second thought. Appreciation seems to be growing and in my opinion it can rival any non native important that is planted for spring show. It’s also a long lived tree so it will be around for you and the next generation to enjoy!
Happy Spring all! Enjoy this fast moving season!