Serviceberry, Saskatoon (AO)
At a Glance
Latin: Amelanchier alnifolia
Other common names: juneberry, western shadbush, Saskatoon Serviceberry, Pigeon berry
Mature Height: 10-20 ft.
Soil / Climate: Saskatoon is native to North America and adaptable to most soil types but prefers moist soils in swamps and thickets.
Notes: Leaves are 1.5 – 2.5 inches, oblong-elliptic in shape, and finely toothed.
Autumn colors are deep orange to red. Flowers are white with 2″ to 4″ long petals, and bloom in dense groups in early spring for a short time.
Fruit is dark purple, 1/3 inch in diameter, and is often used in pies, jellies, wines and cider.
Wildlife: Fruit is eaten by ruffed grouse, dove, several varieties of woodpeckers, and many more birds.
Provides habitat for bees
Purchase Size: 2-3 ft.
USDA NRCS Species Information