This section is from "The Horticulturist, And Journal Of Rural Art And Rural Taste", by P. Barry, A. J. Downing, J. Jay Smith, Peter B. Mead, F. W. Woodward, Henry T. Williams. Also available from Amazon: Horticulturist and Journal of Rural Art and Rural Taste.
From the journal of my son, Henry W. Elliott, during his three years' trip connected with the laying of the Overland Telegraph Company's wire in British Columbia and Russian America, I take the accompanying drawing of the arbutus-leaved aronia, commonly called service berry.
Quoting from his journal, he says:"The mountains and valleys of British Columbia over which fire has swept, consuming all the timber, and leaving nothing standing after its departure, are covered with a growth of young poplars and the service berry shrub, which does not attain any great size, although I have seen them ten and twelve feet in height, but rarely exceeding three and four feet. The berries are ripe in August, and hang on until frost.
Fig. 1. - The Service Berry - Pyrus Arbutifolia.
The bears revel among them at this time of year. Millions of bushels ripen and fell to decay".
Loudon says the grafting of the aronia, or service berry, strictly Pyrus arbutifolia, on the common thorn, renders it one of the truly ornamental shrubs. Some years since I received from R. P. Fulkerson, Esq., some plants of a dwarf variety of the service berry, which gave a pleasant little fruit; but its want of character on its own roots led me to neglect it, and I have lost it. As a novelty and an ornamental shrub, I notice this now, that our growers may take hold of and introduce it.
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