A beloved plant native to much of Western North American, Saskatoon, also known as Serviceberry or Juneberry, is an easy to grow large shrub or small tree that produces an abundance of early season berries. They are the size of a blueberry and have a pleasant sweet flavor and make an excellent jam. Saskatoon berries are also beloved by birds who flock to them in mass when they’re ripe so you’ll never have to worry about berries at the top of the tree going uneaten.
And the National Champion Saskatoon tree is just down the street from us in Clackamas, OR, growing to a staggering height (for the species) of 44 feet!
Latin Name: Amelanchier alnifolia
Site and Soil: Saskatoon likes full to 1/2 day sun and well-drained soil.
Pollination Requirements: Self-fertile
Hardiness: Service Tree is hardy to minus 40ºF.
Bearing Age: 2-3 years after planting
Size at Maturity: 15-20 ft. in height
Bloom Time: April
Ripening Time: June
Yield: 30-40 lbs.
Pests & Diseases: Service Tree is not bothered by pests or diseases.
USDA Zone: 2