Definition of shadbush in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈSHadˌbo͝oSH/
(also shadblow /-ˌblō/)


North American
Another term for juneberry.
Example sentences
  • These hardy shrubs or small trees - also called shadbush, shadblow, or saskatoon - are seen as understory in sparse woods or at woodland edges.
  • In trees such as apple, cherry, shadbush, and elderberry, with flowers and leaves packed in the same bud, the flowers generally bloom in one quick burst; the leaves follow almost immediately.
  • Other names for some of them include sarvisberry, shadbush or shadbloom (because blooming when the shad are running in eastern rivers), juneberry, and saskatoon.


Early 19th century: so named because it flowers at the same time as shad are found in the rivers.

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