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Service Berry


Amelanchier Canadensis, an early spring flowering tree, is called serviceberry here in Central Arkansas. It is one of the first flowers to be seen after winter. In the past, before paved roads and automobiles, it was a sign of Spring and better travel conditions for horse back riders and wagons. Local folklore says traveling preachers would begin to ride their circuit and perform religious services to remote settlers when the service berry bloomed.

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