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.
The Agriculturist commends to better notice this interesting shrub: The Dwarf June-berry is a shrub that ought to be better known. Almost every one knows the common June-berry or Shad-flower, a shrub or small tree conspicuous all over the country in April and May, with its racemes of white, long-petalled flowers. One dwarf specimen that I have had for five years is only eighteen inches high, while others in better soil are between two and three feet. They flower so profusely each spring that they are completely clothed in a sheet of white. The fruit, which is about the size of a large huckleberry, is said to be pleasant, and in some parts of the west is grown for market. I speak guardedly about the fruit, for the birds keep such a close watch of it that I do not get a chance to taste it when fully ripe.The shrub increases with moderate rapidity by suckers, and, when it is desirable to cultivate it for its fruit, it could no doubt be propagated more rapidly. But without regard to its fruit, I set a high value upon it as an ornamental shrub.