This section is from the book "The Gardener's Monthly And Horticulturist V20", by Thomas Meehan. See also: Four-Season Harvest: Organic Vegetables from Your Home Garden All Year Long.
I am glad this valuable fruit has been brought to the notice of your readers. I think with Mr. Terry, of Iowa, that it is very far from being a humbug. I have this Spring set out several hundred more plants to grow for the fruit. Although there is no doubt of this being an Amelanchier, I cannot find any species in the books that exactly coincides with this one. The stock from which my plants came was brought to Kansas from Illinois about ten years ago, and so far as I am able to ascertain, the plants there were grown from seeds obtained in Pennsylvania. The old-fashioned tree Service Berry, or June Berry, nearly every one knows, as it grows all over the Eastern and Middle States, and most of the Western States, too. If this dwarf species grows wild in Pennsylvania or Virginia, I hope some of our friends there will tell us. I have two sub-species growing on my place. The one mentioned grows about three feet high here, but in Illinois it grew to six feet. The other kind is like the first, except that it grows only half as high. Both kinds bear prodigiously. The flavor is mild, rich, sub-acid, and is very good eaten raw or in any way that Raspberries may be used.
In size almost as large as the Houghton Gooseberry. Mixed with the Gooseberry, a very nice sauce is made without the use of sugar. The nurserymen here are just waking up to the importance of disseminating the plants. Many of them do not know there is such a thing. By experiment, I have found that it will grow budded or grafted in the apple, and no doubt it will grow in other stocks of the Roseascoe family. I do not know that this would be any benefit, as it progagates easily and does well on its own roots. I have heard rather indirectly that the smaller variety that I have was found in one of the extreme southern counties of this State, and that it grows abundantly there along the bluffs. Culture greatly improves this fruit, and 1 hope that it may be more generally grown. It certainly is here a great acquisition to the small fruits.