This section is from the book "The Gardener's Monthly And Horticulturist V24", by Thomas Meehan. See also: Four-Season Harvest: Organic Vegetables from Your Home Garden All Year Long.
This is the name of the pretty spring flower referred to in the following card from a correspondent at Walkertown, King and Queen's County, Virginia. Botanically, it is Amelanchier Botryapium, and though popularly known as a cherry, it is really more nearly allied to the apple. It has other common names - Snowy mespilus, June berry and Shad-berry:
" I send you by this mail a little box containing bloom of a tall shrub which I found blooming on the side of a swamp. It is fifteen to twenty feet high, slender rather than bushy, and presents a very handsome and striking appearance. Please give me the name and some information about it. I thought at a distance it might be Chionanthus Virginica, but it seems to be quite different on closer inspection".