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B Grade Serviceberry/Saskatoon (Amelanchier alnifolia)

B Grade Serviceberry/Saskatoon (Amelanchier alnifolia)

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1-2 year old bareroot seedling

‘Grade B’ plants are smaller seedlings that finished the season a bit undersized to be considered ready for field planting for many folks. They are healthy and alive, but a bit small (usually less than 8") and able to get lost in the weeds quickly. They can be field planted to their final homes if you are on top of  watering, mulching, and weeding. We recommend  planting them in a home nursery bed to grow for one full season, develop much larger root systems and be very ready for tougher conditions and less care next year. This is an affordable and sensible way to start small so you can go big with your plantings.

Service berries are one of the most significant ethnographic perennial plants in North America. Everyone seems to find a reason to love the plant whether for its delicious berries, ornamental value or wildlife benefits. Serviceberry is important to many indigenous peoples across the continent and was likely bred and improved upon, especially in central Canada. Some describe the texture as almost meat like and the berry was appropriately used to make pemican or dehydrated for later winter use. Preserving a crop of serviceberries includes jams, jellies, wines, vinegars, or dehydration. The leaves turn beautiful fall colors and the showy blossoms are some of the first to be noticed in the spring. Birds and bears appreciate serviceberries and we have seen many bushes toppled and broken by hungry critters only to come shooting back the following seasons. 

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The Tree

Height at maturity:Variety of forms, small 1 meter bushes ranging to 8 meter giants

Hardiness Zone:

2

Water Requirements:

Low

Years to bear:

3-5

Solar:

Partial Shade to Full Sun

Pollination:

Self fertile but will produce more consistent larger fruit with a friend nearby

Soil:

Sandy to loamy soils. Haven't seen great results on clay sites

The Benefits

Additional info

-Our seed source was collected from dry, rocky, impossibly hard to grow in types of sites. We selected the tastiest largest berries we could find in these brutal conditions.