Saskatoon Berries (Amelanchier alnifolia Nutt.)

Saskatoon Berries

Saskatoon Berries

What's in a Name

Pacific serviceberry, western serviceberry, alder-leaf shadbush, dwarf shadbush, chuckley pear, or western juneberry. Whatever you call them, saskatoon berries are an all time favorite.

 

Saskatoon berries, or Amelanchier alnifolia Nutt., thrive in a broad range of soil types but prefer to grow on deep, well-drained, sandy to loamy soils. Hardpan layers or solenetzic soils should be avoided. Saskatoons can adapt to many pH levels, but a range between six and 7.5 is the most desirable. Saskatoon berry trees should not be planted within two kilometres of native junipers due to problems with juniper-saskatoon rust.

For the best possible results, plant saskatoon berries on a slight north-east or east facing slope. This allows the soil to warm more slowly in spring which results in delayed blooming, protecting blooms from a possible late frost. Shelterbelts help protect crops from prevailing west and north winds and they are a welcome addition to any saskatoon berry orchard.

Orchards should be established in weed free fields that have been adjusted to recommended fertility levels. For best results and survival rates, trees should be planted in the spring after the risk of frost has passed until the end of summer, a few weeks ahead of the first frost.

Suggested Row SpacingSuggested Row Spacing


  • Commercial growers should allow 6.2 metres (20 feet) between rows, and one metre (three feet) between each plant in a row.
  • U-pick operations should allow 3.5 metres (12 feet) between rows and two metres (6.5 feet) between each plant in a row.

     

    Varieties AvailableVarieties Available


     
    FRUIT ATTRIBUTES
    PLANT CHARACTERISTICS

    MATURE HEIGHT
    PRODUCTIVITY
    HARVEST
    HONEYWOOD
    FRUIT ATTRIBUTES - 16 mm berries.
    Deep blue when ripe.
    Full tangy flavor.
    PLANT CHARACTERISTICS - Blooms a few days later.
    Possibly resistant to powdery mildew.
    Saskatchewan selection.
    Low Suckering.

    MATURE HEIGHT - 2.5 m (8 ft.)
    Upright and spreading.
    PRODUCTIVITY - Very high
    HARVEST - Uneven ripening.
    July.
    Ideal for U-Pick.
    JB30

    *exclusive to PPS*

    FRUIT ATTRIBUTES - 15 mm berries.
    Deep blue when ripe.
    Exceptional flavor.
    PLANT CHARACTERISTICS - Average bloom time.
    Highest shoot growth (21.4 cm).
    Saskatchewan selection.
    Low suckering.

    MATURE HEIGHT - 3 m (10 ft.)
    Upright and spreading.
    PRODUCTIVITY - Very high
    HARVEST - Uniform ripening.
    July.
    Mechanical harvest.
    MARTIN
    FRUIT ATTRIBUTES - 14 mm berries.
    Deep blue when ripe.
    Exceptional flavor.
    PLANT CHARACTERISTICS - Average bloom time.
    Thiessen parentage.
    Saskatchewan selection.
    Moderate suckering.

    MATURE HEIGHT - 3 m (10 ft.)
    Round bush.
    PRODUCTIVITY - Very high
    HARVEST - Uniform ripening.
    July.
    Mechanical harvest.
    THIESSEN
    FRUIT ATTRIBUTES - 17 mm berries.
    Deep blue when ripe.
    Exceptional flavor.
    PLANT CHARACTERISTICS - Blooms early.
    Fruit favored among fruit processors.
    Saskatchewan selection.
    Moderate suckering.

    MATURE HEIGHT - 4 m (14 ft.)
    Upright, oval shape.
    PRODUCTIVITY - Very high
    HARVEST - Uneven ripening.
    July.
    Ideal for U-Pick.
    SMOKY
    FRUIT ATTRIBUTES - 14 mm berries.
    Sweetest cultivar.
    Good, mild flavor.
    PLANT CHARACTERISTICS - Flowers in the middle of bloom period.
    Very common variety.
    Northern Alberta selection.
    Highest suckering.

    MATURE HEIGHT - 2-2.5 m (6-8 ft.)
    Upright and spreading.
    PRODUCTIVITY - Very high
    HARVEST - Uniform ripening.
    July.
    Mechanical harvest.

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