Amelanchier alnifolia

Saskatoon

Categories: Shrubs

Amelanchier alnifolia is a multi-stemmed shrub or small tree which may grow to 6' tall. Features showy, 5-petaled, white flowers (to 3/4" diameter) in compact clusters which appear in early spring (April) before the leaves. Flowers give way to small, round, edible berries which ripen to dark purplish-black in June and resemble blueberries in size, color and taste. 


More About Amelanchier alnifolia

  • native to northeast
  • very early to bloom in spring

Berries may be eaten fresh off the plant or used in jams, jellies and pies. Finely-toothed, oval-rounded leaves are pale to dark green. Foliage turns variable shades of yellow in autumn. The species is commonly called Saskatoon serviceberry or western serviceberry, and some species cultivars have been grown commercially for fruit production.


Height:

4-8 ft

Spread:

12-15 ft

Hardiness Zone:

2-8

Amelanchier alnifolia Characteristics

Attributes

  • Screening/Hedge
  • Native to Northeast
  • Good for Naturalizing
  • Mass Plant
  • Good for Shady Sites
  • Specimen
  • Hedging

Critter Resistance

  • Deer Resistant
  • Rabbit Resistant

Exposure

  • Sun Tolerant
  • Morning Sun / Afternoon Shade
  • Part Sun/Part Shade

Growth Rate in the Garden

  • Slow

Nature Attraction

  • Songbirds

Season of Interest (Flowering)

  • Early Spring

Season of Interest (Foliage)

  • Fall

Soil Moisture Needs

  • Tolerates most soils

Fall Color

  • Yellow
  • Burgundy
  • Bright Red

Flower Color

  • White

Fruit

  • bright red
  • Blue-black

Habit

  • Spreading