Scientific Name: Amelanchier alnifolia
Common Name: Saskatoon berry, Pacific serviceberry
Family Name: Rosaceae
Origin: B.C. east of Cascades, B.C. west of Cascades, Canada - central, U.S. - northwest
Hardiness Zone: Zone 2: (-46 to -40 °C)
Plant Type: Shrub - deciduous
Mature Size: 3 - 5m x 3 - 4m (height x width)
Habit: Spreading, Upright
Form: Oval - vertical
Texture: Medium
Landscape Uses: Attract beneficial insects, Attract birds, Fall interest, Fragrance, Herb, Mixed shrub border, Reclamation, Spring interest, Urban agriculture, Waterside planting, Wildlife food, Woodland margin
Exposure: Full sun, Part sun/part shade
Soil or Media: Acidic, Well-drained
Leaves: Simple, Alternate, Leathery, Pinnate venation, Glabrous, Pubescent, Tomentose, Elliptic, Oblong, Obovate, Orbicular, Ovate, Serrate
Flowers: Raceme, White, May-Jun
Fruit: Edible, Pome, Purple, Black, Jul-Aug
Key ID Features:
Leaf blades mostly obovate, 3-5cm long x 2-4cm wide, margins serrate (at least towards the apex while bases to midleaf may be entire), initially pubescent then glabrous, 2-5cm long; raceme of open, white florets with 5 petals, each about 2cm long; pomes pulpy, blue to purplish-black, 5-14mm long. Winter ID: buds alternate, cobweb-like covered tips; twigs orange to red-brown, smooth with prominent lenticels; buds conical with imbricate scales, up to 12mm long.