Saskatoon Serviceberry


Saskatoon Serviceberry

  • Scientific name: Amelanchier alnifolia
  • Grows up to 7 meters high
  • adapts to a wide range of soil types
  • provides good to excellent forage for livestock and wildlife
  • Fruits provide valuable source of food for birds and small mammals
  • Blooms mid-summer.

Quantity is per pound. Example: 1 = 1 lb, 2 = 2 lbs, 3 = 3lbs, etc. This is pure seed, not a live plant.

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Product Description

Saskatoon Serviceberry (Amelanchier alnifolia) is a Native shrubs or small trees growing to 7 meters high, usually forming thickets, mats, or clumps. It occurs from near sea level to 9,000 ft. and adapts to a wide range of soil types. It is common in montane or upland sites and along streams. It provides good to excellent forage for livestock and wildlife. Fruits provide valuable source of food for birds and small mammals. Blooms mid-summer.

Saskatoon serviceberry is distributed along the Pacific coast from Alaska to California, eastward to Utah, Colorado, Iowa, and Minnesota, and Ontario and Quebec, north through the plains and prairies into the Northwest Territories of Canada. It is common in lower-elevation coniferous forests but grows sporadically up to timberline. It also occurs in montane chaparral, mountain shrub, and the upper limits of pinyon-juniper communities. In grasslands, it mostly occurs in wooded draws, woodland interfaces, and riparian zones. It occurs in open to lightly shaded disturbed sites such as thickets, fencerows, clearings, and edges of woods, and it is conspicuous after disturbances such as fire, logging, or insect outbreak. Found at elevations of 50-3000 meters; flowering April-June; and fruiting (June-)July-August.

Saskatoon serviceberry is attractive as an ornamental shrub or may be trimmed as a hedge. It is an important species for reclamation, wildlife, watershed, and shelterbelt plantings. It can be started from seed or vegetative cuttings. It is also planted as an ornamental to produce commercial fruit crops. Many cultivars are commercially available, selected for desirable plant and/or fruit characteristics. Much research and literature details the development of cultivars and cultivation techniques.

The fruits are used in pies, jams, and fruit rolls and for making jelly and syrup. Saskatoon wine is a regional specialty. Native Americans ate the berries fresh and dried, often mixed with other foods for sweetening and flavor. Dried and rehydrated berries were added to dried vegetables and cooked into soups and puddings.

Additional Information
Min. Precipitation

12 inches

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