Saskatoon Berry

Amelanchier alnifolia

Saskatoon Berry Plant or Serviceberry By Brian Crawford [CC BY-SA 2.0] (Photo Credits)

Shrubby, self-pollinating deciduous plant growing to a maximum height of 5m with most specimens typically pruning well at 2-3M. Serves as both a superbly prolific edible hedge and ornamental landscape feature with its clumping form, abundant flowers and bronze fall foliage. Extremely cold tolerant, the saskatoon will withstand sub zero temperatures and tolerate a range of soil types, even those of poor quality. Extremely productive, a single bush can produce upwards of a thousand berries per season. Berries, which resemble large blueberries but are actually a sort of pome making them more closely related to apples, ripen simultaneously making for an easy harvest. Flavour is delicious and piquant, reminiscent of blueberries and almonds. They are typically eaten fresh or dried, or are used to make pie fillings of unrivaled flavour. They are rich in manganese, magnesium, iron, phenolics, flavonols, natural sugars, vitamin C,calcium, potassium, copper and carotene.
Other Names: Service Berry,Pigeon Berry


Specifications of Saskatoon Berry

Preferred Climate Warm Temperate, Cool TemperateLearn About Climate Zones

Grown From SeedlingLearn About Propagation Methods

Max Height (when in the ground with good conditions) 2-5m

Plants required to Pollinate 1 (Self Pollinating)Learn about Pollination

Can it Handle Frosts? Yes

Amount of leaves in Winter? No Leaves (Deciduous)

Quarantine Restrictions to these Areas WA

Suitability in Pots Yes

Water Requirements Moderate Watering

Is it a Dwarf Fruit Tree? Can be pruned to 2m

Time to Fruit/Flower/Harvest 2-3 Years

Sun or Shade Full (Sun:80%-100%)

Preferred Soil Type Good Drainage

Soil pH Moderately Acidic (5.5-6.5), Neutral (6.6-7.3pH)

Fruiting/Harvest Months January, November, December

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Saskatoon Berry Reviews & Tips

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★★★ 4y ago

NOBLE PARK, VIC, Australia

Have 3 varieties of Amelanchiers:A. Canadensis, A. Arborea and A. Alnifolia, the latter being commonly known as Saskatoon Berry. Only A. Arborea has fruited so far and I have found that they will not flower or fruit if in shade so full sun is best.Last...

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