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.
In your issue for March I notice allusion is made to the action of our State Horticultural Society, in regard to the Dwarf Juneberry being sold by agents for real Huckleberries. I have never known of the Juneberry being sold for Huckleberries; but I must say whoever buys them under that impression will not get cheated, as they are much more valuable to grow on Iowa soil than the real Whortleberry, as the genuine Whortleberry does not flourish in Iowa. This Dwarf Juneberry is an Amelanchier, a native of the Rocky Mountain country, and may have been sometimes called Mountain Huckleberry, as the fruit resembles in size, color, and taste, the genuine eastern Huckleberry. The trees or bushes grow from four to seven feet high, rarely exceeding six feet, and stool out from the root like the lilac bush, so that at three to five years old there will be six to a dozen trees to one root, which will produue several quarts of fruit every year.
They are very productive, and the fruit is relshed by nearly every one. This variety was introduced into Western Iowa, by the writer of this, several years since, and is now well known throughout this region, and is also known to some extent through the Eastern States, and is, I think, highly prized wherever known.
[The regular Juneberry of the East grows to a small tree. We were not aware that there was a dwarf Juneberry of the superior character noted by Mr. Terry.
While we were writing the above paragraph Mr. A. S. Fuller dropped into our office, and he tells us he has had this Western Juneberry underculture sometime, and that it retains in the East the good qualities it possesses in the West.
In New Jersey and some other States are dwarf forms of Amelanchier, but they are so poor in the. quality of their fruit in comparison with the larger forms, that we hardly thought of it in connection with the one referred to by the Horticultural Society. - Ed. G. M].