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Silver Creek Nursery

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 norther 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!

Canadian Hardiness Zone: 2

Soil Preference: Anything but clay

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

Sun/Shade: Full sun to partial shade (approx. 6-10 hours of sun daily)

Pollination: 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

Bloom Colour: White

Ripens: Late June

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

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

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*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.

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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.

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