Amelanchiers mean June Berry Pie and Running Fish.

Amelanchier x Autumn Brilliance

Amelanchier x Autumn Brilliance

What is Blooming in Falmouth? The Amelanchier.
(Otherwise known as Shad, Serviceberry, Saskatoon and Juneberry.)

This family of spring blooming shrubs and trees grows naturally along stream banks here on Cape Cod. They are also called Shad Trees because when they are in bloom, you know that the Shad Herring are running from the ocean to freshwater to spawn. These trees make a versatile and beautiful addition to the garden. Consider planting an Amelanchier if you’d like:

  • Prolific Spring Flowers
  • Edible Fruit (See the Recipe below for Juneberry Pie
  • Brilliant Fall Color
  • To Attract Birds, Butterflies, Honeybees
  • A Tree for Small Spaces (Reaches 15 to 25 feet tall)
  • Versatility: Trim an Amelanchier up as a specimen tree or allow it to spread naturally into a thicket of shrubs along an embankment or woodland edge.
  • A Full Sun or Part Shade Plant.

Shad Tree Fall Color

Creamy Juneberry-Rhubarb Pie Recipe*:

3 Tbs Flour
1/2 Cups Sugar
3/4 tsp salt
1 Cup Sour Cream
1 Egg (beaten)
1 tsp Vanilla
1/2 tsp Lemon Juice
1 Cup Chopped Rhubarb
2 Cups June Berries

Mix Into a Crumble:
1/2 cup flour
1/4 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup butter
2 Tbs cinnamon
1/2 tsp salt

Pie Crust:
Use the pie crust of your choice. Ready Made or Home Made, I prefer a graham cracker crust with this pie.

Preheat oven to 400F. Mix Flour, Sugar, Salt, Sour Cream, Egg, Vanilla, Lemon Juice together in a large bowl until well blended. Add the Rhubarb and June berries. Pour filling into a 9″ pie crust. Bake at 400 for 15 minutes. Reduce heat to 350 and bake for another 25 minutes. Remove the pie, and sprinkle the crumb topping on top. Bake at 350 for a final 15 minutes or until the topping is brown.* Note: We adapted this pie from a straight Rhubarb pie at If you don’t have Juneberries, Strawberries also work wonderfully in the mix.


4 thoughts on “Amelanchiers mean June Berry Pie and Running Fish.

  1. I love the Amelanchier, I always wanted to plant some….just didn’t have the opportunity at the right time.

  2. Did you usually make this pie? Looks fantastic, but forgive me in my stupidity…did you usually put two cups of june berries?
    Hey, you are one lucky girl since you had been surrender by this flowers….seriously? They are awesome!

    • I must admit, I took the ratio from another recipe and have never had enough juneberries to make 2 full cups, so I’ve supplemented any deficiencies with strawberries. I think any proportion of rhubarb, juneberry and strawberry would work you just might need to adjust the sugar if there is more rhubarb than other berries.

      • and yes, I have made the pie several times with varying combinations of berries. They have all been good. The sour cream is the key, I think.

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