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Saskatoon Serviceberry Seedling

Saskatoon Serviceberry Seedling

Species: Amelanchier alnifolia

History: Saskatoon berries are native to much of central and western Canada, sporadic patches of Ontario, and northern parts of the United States. They are a traditional food for indigenous peoples and are used to make pemmican. The name 'saskatoon' is derived from the Cree word for the berries, ᒥᓵᐢᐠᐘᑑᒥᓇ or misâskwatômina. The city of Saskatoon in Saskatchewan was actually named after the berries! Saskatoon berries are grown commercially and are eaten fresh, used in a variety of baked goods, or made into alcohols. They are also planted ornamentally and the savvy plant identifier may find a pleasant snack while walking around town!*

Why We Grow It: This lovely native shrub is excellent both as an ornamental plant and a food-bearing bush. The blueberry-like berries are sweet and a little musky, although they may contain seeds that are a little larger than those in other commercial berries. It takes 3-5 years for these plants to yield their first crop but the wait is definitely worth it!

*Never eat any part of a plant unless you are 100% certain of its identification. That being said, Mouse has found multiple bushes in Waterloo and on the University of Waterloo campus that are great for snacking.

Fruit Specs

Recommended Use: Fresh eating, baking, cooking, preserving, juice, drying

Fruit Size:

Storage: Keeps 1-2 weeks when stored in the fridge

Harvest: June - Late

Growing Specs

Canadian Hardiness Zone: 2

Soil Preference: Anything but clay

Flowering Time:

Bloom Colour: White

Pollination Requirements: Self-pollinating, this plant will produce fruit without a different variety of Saskatoon berry but will produce more and better fruit if one is present

Sun/Shade Requirements:

Full sun to partial shade (approx. 6-10 hours of sun daily)

General Growth Habits:

Shrub grows 1-8m tall, low vigour. Susceptible to fireblight, cedar apple rust, and powdery mildew.

Shipping vs. Pick Up

CLICK HERE to see how shipping compares to pick up.

Shipping: Every year we ship thousands of trees across Canada (except BC due to CFIA regulations). We carefully bag roots in damp sawdust, then box them and send them out via courrier. CLICK HERE to see our shipping policy.

Pick-up: We also have thousands of trees picked up from our nursery each year. The pick-up options is free, though you must wait until you have been emailed a confirmation that your order is ready to pick up, which will have further information such as hours, locations, etc. We really appreciate if you can make an appointment to pick up, then we can be as organized as possible during our busy season.

Size at Purchase

Our ungrafted fruit tree seedlings, nut tree seedlings, berries, and other miscellaneous plants are categorized into the following sizes excluding the roots:

  • 5-15cm
  • 15cm+
  • 30cm+
  • 60cm+
  • 90cm+

All of these heights exclude the roots since seedlings and some berries will often have a lot of root growth but relatively little vegetative growth (ex. our Shagbark Hickories seedlings are often 5-15cm above the soil but will have roots that reach 20cm+ in length).

Not all of our berries and seedlings will be available in all of these grades since growth rate can vary significantly across species and even varieties. While we remain competitive in our plant size, it's also worth noting we don't use synthetic chemicals to push vegetative growth, therefore you may find conventional nursery stock larger in some instances comparatively. 

Why plant small? It's best to transplant when a plant is young so it can establish its roots before it has a lot of vegetative growth. This is much less stressful on it and bareroot plants tend to catch up and even surpass larger potted ones planted at the same time, after a few years.

Orders that are cancelled last minute due to size (being "too small"), will still incur the applicable cancellation fees if the plants are true to our grading standards as per the agreement of sale when the order was placed.

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