Vail Daily column: Serviceberries are a sweet and enduring local resource

By Edward Stoner

During the summer months in the Vail area, our hillsides and valleys burst into familiar color with a range of native plants. Many of these plants are not only beautiful, they are often edible and have medicinal uses. One plant in particular, the serviceberry, is a favorite among our local human and wildlife communities. Amelanchier alnifolia is a member of the rose family, rosaceae. This fruit-bearing perennial shrub goes by a number of common names across the country including Saskatoon, June berry and shadbush. Locally, it is most often referred to as the serviceberry. Serviceberry shrubs adapt to a variety …

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