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Saskatoon or Western Serviceberry

Amelanchier alnifolia

Rosaceae - Rose

Description

Leaves: Alternate; simple; oval to round; 1" to 2" long; deciduous; coarsely serrate margin; dark green above, paler beneath; petiole 3/8" to 3/4" long.

Twigs/buds: Twigs slender; red-brown to gray-brown; hairy at first, later becoming glabrous.

Flowers/fruit: Flowers perfect; similar to downy serviceberry, but in 1" long clusters.  Fruit also similar to downy serviceberry; sweet, juicy, edible.

Bark: Thin; brown to gray; smooth.

Wood: Unimportant; similar to downy serviceberry; diffuse-porous.

General: A large shrub or small tree native to most of the northwestern U.S. and western Canada on fairly cool, moist sites.  In Utah found in protected, cool canyon locations.  Often found in groups due to sprouting from underground stems.  Shade tolerant.

Landscape Use: Seldom planted in cultivated landscapes.  Zones 3-8.

Cultivars: 'Altaglow', 'Honeywood', 'Northline', 'Parkwood', 'Pembina', 'Smokey', 'Success', "Theissen'.

Characteristics

General

Family:
Rosaceae - Rose
Cultivar Availability:
Yes
Hardiness Zone:
3-8
Type:
Broadleaf
Utah Native:
Yes

Growth

Growth Rate:
Low
Mature Height:
Low
Longevity:
Medium
Is Good Under Power Lines:
Yes
Crown Shape:
Shrubby

Ornamental

Bark:
No
Fall Color:
Yes
Flowers:
Yes
Foliage:
No
Fruit:
No

Tolerence

Shade:
Medium
Salt:
Medium
Drought:
High
Poor Drainage:
Low
Alkalinity:
High
Transplanting:
Medium