One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
- North American term for juneberry
- ‘Other names for some of them include sarvisberry, shadbush or shadbloom (because blooming when the shad are running in eastern rivers), juneberry, and saskatoon.’
- ‘In trees such as apple, cherry, shadbush, and elderberry, with flowers and leaves packed in the same bud, the flowers generally bloom in one quick burst; the leaves follow almost immediately.’
- ‘These hardy shrubs or small trees - also called shadbush, shadblow, or saskatoon - are seen as understory in sparse woods or at woodland edges.’
Early 19th century: so named because it flowers at the same time as shad are found in the rivers.
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