Amelanchier laevis / Rose Family
April 10, 2005
This small tree blooms early in April before the leaves are on the other trees. The common name, "Serviceberry" (or Sarviceberry to the old mountaineers) came from the practice of waiting until the ground thawed in the spring to bury people who died during the winter; the ground was soft enough by the time this small tree bloomed, so the funeral services could then take place.
Perennial - Tree
Where seen: Great Smoky Mountains NP, Piney River, Norris Dam SP, Warriors' Path SP