Re: TH: Re: Early Spring in Baltimore ...

 Date: Sun, 23 Feb 1997 17:17:10 -0500
 From: Tom Kimmerer <tkimmer@pop.uky.edu>

Mark has some wonderful observations on his tree.  Keep it up!

Serviceberry -
	Ever wonder about the name? Here in Kentucky, and throughout
Appalachia, it was common to delay memorial services until spring: the
ground was frozen and travel was difficult.  Bodies were stored in their
coffins, in sheds or barns.  In spring, graves were dug and memorial
services were held, right at the time that serviceberry was blooming.
It's a lovely tree (7 species) that we should be using more in native

	More info on serviceberry at:
Tom Kimmerer
Forest Biologist
University of Kentucky