Serviceberry Trees and Honeybees
There are a variety of native serviceberry trees in the Midwest, and since they readily hybridize they are difficulty to identify down to the species level. Serviceberry grows to approximately 30 feet, which makes it a small tree. They tend to be spindly and not provide much shade cover. The main value of this tree is in its flowers and fruit. Every April to May these trees grow copious amounts of large, white, clustered flowers that provide nectar and pollen to bees. Some varieties of serviceberry grow small, juicy, tasty fruits, others have a more dry and bitter berry.