One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A white-flowered shrub or small tree of the rose family which is often grown as an ornamental.
Genus Amelanchier, family Rosaceae: several species
- ‘Snowy mespilus is a wonderfully cheering site in early spring when the masses of starry white flowers cover the branches just as the new foliage with its copper tones appear.’
- ‘The Snowy Mespilus is for the larger garden nearly all species grow to a foot or more.’
- ‘Just coming into flower now, the snowy mespilus is a spectacular little tree or large bush that truly lives up to its name.’
Modern Latin Mespilus (genus name), from Latin mespilus ‘medlar tree’.
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