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Saskatoon serviceberry   

Amelanchier alnifolia

'Saskatoon serviceberry' is a plant in the Amelanchier genus with a scientific name of Amelanchier alnifolia.

Conspicuous white flowers in spring for as long as a month under good conditions.2 Later edible purple-blue berries (resembling blueberries) that can attract wildlife.2 Fall color is long and yellow to reddish.2

Blooms appear in these approximate colours:   Floral white. When ripe, fruit appear in these approximate colours:   Purple Heart. It is a flowering edible fruit / ornamental and is treated mainly as a deciduous, so it sheds its leaves annually. Saskatoon serviceberry is known for growing with a shrubby habit to a height of approximately 3.00 metres (that's 9.75 feet in imperial). This plant tends to bloom in mid spring, followed by first harvests in early summer. If you would like to attract butterflies, bees and birds to your garden, consider growing this plant.

Canada is believed to be where Saskatoon serviceberry originates from.

Saskatoon serviceberry is normally quite a low maintenance plant and is normally very easy to grow - great for beginner gardeners!

This plant info is provided by the myfolia gardener's wiki. All details about Saskatoon serviceberry have been kindly provided by our members.

How to grow Saskatoon serviceberry

  • Full Sun

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  • Medium

Position in a full sun / partial sun location and remember to water moderately. Use Zone 2 - Zone 10 as your guideline for the appropriate climate for this plant. Keep in mind when planting that Saskatoon serviceberry is thought of as very hardy, so this plant will typically do well in a plant of different extremes of cold temperature.

See our list of companion Plants for Saskatoon serviceberry to see which plants you should plant in close proximity to encourage growth.

Growing Saskatoon serviceberry from seed

Transplanting Saskatoon serviceberry

Ensure that temperatures are mild and all chance of frost has passed before planting out, as Saskatoon serviceberry is a very hardy plant.

Harvesting Saskatoon serviceberry

Harvest the small fruit before birds and other wildlife. Fruit can be eaten raw or made into jam, pie, or any other way you would prepare a berry.2 They may also be dried.3 The leaves may also be used for tea.2

Common Saskatoon serviceberry problems

These problems, diseases and pests are known to affect Saskatoon serviceberry plants:

This plant is larval host to the butterflies Elf (Microtia elva) and California Hairstreak
(Satyrium californica).2 The caterpillars should not be treated as pests.

Saskatoon serviceberry Etymology

The Latin word “Alnifolia” means “having teeth” or “serrated”.1

Saskatoon serviceberry Folklore & Trivia

Has been used medicinally.2 Has edible berries.2 Shoots can be made into arrows.

Other names for Saskatoon serviceberry

Cusick's serviceberry, Saskatoon

Amelanchier alnifolia (Nutt.) Nutt. ex M. Roem. var. cusickii (Fernald) C.L. Hitchc.

Saskatoon serviceberry care instructions

How long does Saskatoon serviceberry take to grow?

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Popular varieties of Saskatoon serviceberry

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