Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Amelanchier and the City Street

Amelanchier blossoms on a New York City street tree

It wasn't so long ago that I saw the pretty striped silvery grey bark below while walking down the street in Brooklyn, looked up, saw some buds that were about to open and wondered if I was looking at an Amelanchier planted as a New York City street tree. The flowers pictured above are the confirmation. The city decidedly does plant the serviceberry as a street tree. It is on their list of recommended small street trees listed here. That's kind of cool for a lot of reasons, only one of them being that I'm a sucker for some pretty bark. I haven't passed by any others in recent trips around town, but maybe I'm not looking hard enough.

Amelanchier bark


Ellen Zachos said...

My favorite tree! My secret goal as a gardener is to get every client to plant one. Be sure to go back and pick the berries!

Sweetgum Thursday said...

Sounds like a plan. You can be the Johnny Appleseed of Amelanchiers.