Botanical Name: Amelanchier alnifolia
Common Name: Saskatoon Serviceberry  
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  • Anatomy

  • Culture

  • Design

Plant Type

Tree, Shrub


Height Range

6-12', 12-25'


Flower Color



Flower Season



Leaf Color



Bark Color



Fruit Color

Blue, Purple


Fruit Season



Full, Half, Shade



Low, Medium


Growth Rate



Soil Type

Sandy, Clay, Loam, Rocky, Unparticular


Soil Condition

Average, Rich, Poor, Well-drained, Dry


Soil pH

Acid, Neutral, Basic


Adverse Factors


Design Styles

English Cottage, Meadow, Mediterranean, Ranch, Spanish, Native Garden, Woodland


Accenting Features

Fall Color, Multi-trunk Tree, Showy Flowers


Seasonal Interest

Spring, Summer, Fall


Location Uses

Background, Perennial Border, Shrub Border, Foundation, Patio


Special Uses

Screen, Mass Planting, Naturalizing, Small Spaces


Attracts Wildlife


Information by: Stephanie Duer
  • Description

  • Notes

Saskatoon Serviceberry is a small tree or large shrub, growing about 12 to 15 feet tall and 6 to 10 feet wide, usually with multiple stems. It has a white spring flower that is followed by edible fruit, which starts out red and ripens to a deep blue black. The fruit, which grows in clusters and is about the size of a current, is tasty out of hand, in preserves, or dried like raisins. Leaves are oval and dull greenk, turning orange to scarlet in the fall. Well suited to the shrub border, near a patio, or in an edible garden.
Grows in well drained soils in full sun to light shade. Adaptable to soil types, including sandy, loamy, or clay soils. Grows in acid, neutral, and alkaline soils. Best fruit will occur with regular watering, but it is drought tolerant. Does not require a pollinator. Tolerates alkaline soils to 7.5 pH. Root suckers are common and if not removed, will result in a dense, shrubby habit, which is not necessarily a bad thing. A Utah native, it is found in protected, cool, canyon locations.