Amelanchier spp. 4-6' x same. A. a. J. Candrian intro, Faribault, MN, 1997. Also called Juneberry, Parsonberry, Serviceberry, Shadblow, Shadbush and Shad.
Purplish-black sweet berries great for pies, cobblers, jellies, jams, smoothies and cakes. Berries are about the size of a lowbush blueberry, or a bit larger, and seedier. Beautiful fragrant 5-petaled white flowers are early harbingers of spring in Maine. Nice red-orange fall foliage.
An open-pollinated seedling originating near Regent, ND. Compact prolific shrub with sweet purple-magenta berries. Fruit ripens in mid-July in central Maine. Plant in well-drained fertile soil and full sun. Foliage somewhat susceptible to leaf spot or rust but this doesn’t affect fruit. Z2. (1–3' shrubs)
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Saskatoons (Amelanchier spp.)
Considered to be self-fruitful but we recommend planting with other Amelanchiers to ensure pollination.
We’re excited to be expanding our selection of saskatoon cultivars this year. We’ve always admired our native Amelanchiers in the wilds of Maine where they grow along stream edges and rocky slopes. Recently we’re learning more about saskatoons farmed commercially for fruit in Canada, much like how we grow highbush blueberries. In Canada there are saskatoon festivals, and even a baseball team called the Saskatoon Berries! For a taller tree species of Amelanchier, see Allegheny Serviceberry