This shad bush tree is covered by a myriad of small white flowers that are one more herald of the arrival of spring. The name shad bush (numerous species of the plant range from small bushes to small trees) is the result of early settlers watching these plants bloom at about the same time that the annual spawning run of the shad from the ocean to fresh-water streams occurred. This specimen is quite large - 40 ft is about their limit of growth and this is close to that. The pure white color can be quite spectacular in the right setting and the plant has become a favorite ornamental planting, but this tree is probably one of the many naturally-occurring specimens that are very common in our area. The berries which come later have had many historical uses as food, by both the Indians and by the white settlers.
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