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Amelanchier alnifolia (Alder-leaved serviceberry, Saskatoon)

Amelanchier alnifolia Photo/Illustration: Michelle Gervais

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Hardiness Zones: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11
Botanical Name: Amelanchier alnifolia am-el-AN-keer all-nih-FOE-lee-ah Common Name: Alder-leaved serviceberry, Saskatoon Genus: Amelanchier
This multi-stemmed shrub or tree can reach almost 20 feet tall. At one time, it was used medicinally for many conditions. Its autumn color is bright red or yellow and its small, edible black fruits attract much wildlife.
Care: Provide full sun to part shade and moist, but well-drained, soil. Space 5 to 7 feet apart with 6-inch layer of manure.
Problems: Susceptible to fireblight and fungal leaf spots.  Additionally, gymnosporangium rust and powdery mildew are common.  Dieback and cankers can be caused by fungi.
Height 6 ft. to 10 ft.
Spread 6 ft. to 10 ft.
Growth Pace Moderate Grower
Light Part Shade Only
Moisture Dry to Medium
Maintenance Low
Characteristics Attracts Birds; Interesting Bark; Native; Showy Fall Foliage
Bloom Time Spring
Style Herb Garden, Woodland Garden
Seasonal Interest Summer Interest, Fall Interest
Type Shrubs

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