The common name “shadbush” was coined because the species’ flowering often coincides with the time of the upriver migration of the shad fish. This species is also called the common serviceberry, a name derived from the Sarvis tree.
Shad; the largest of New York’s herring and at one time the most important commercial fish in the Hudson River. The Hudson was known as one of the most productive rivers of shad in North America. It’s latin name means “most delicious”. They are anadromous – born in freshwater, but live in the ocean and return to the river of origin to spawn. Today, their numbers are at he lowest point ever.