Saskatoon or western serviceberry is a medium to large upright, multi-stemmed shrub with four-season interest. The clusters of fragrant, white drooping flowers appear in spring, followed by large, bluish-purple berries which are juicy and edible. Small blue-green leaves turn brilliant yellow and red in fall and the light gray bark is smooth with vertical streaks add winter interest. Excellent for shrub borders, woodland gardens and in mass.
All Common Names:
Tree or Plant Type:
- North America
- Mixed border
- Large shrub (more than 8 feet),
- Medium shrub (5-8 feet)
- Full sun (6 hrs direct light daily),
- Partial sun/shade (4-6 hrs light daily)
- Zone 4,
- Zone 5 (Chicago),
- Zone 6,
- Zone 7
- Moist, well-drained soil
- Occasional drought,
- Alkaline soil,
- Clay soil,
- Road salt
Season of Interest:
- Early winter,
- Early spring,
- Mid spring,
- Late spring,
- Late summer,
- Early fall,
- Mid fall
Flower Color & Fragrance:
Shape or Form:
Tree & Plant Care
A colony-forming medium to large shrub reaching 6 to 10 feet high and wide.
Easily grown in average, medium, well-drained soil in full sun to part shade.
Tolerant of a wide range of soils and will grow in heavy clay soil. Suitable pH: acid, neutral and basic (alkaline) soils.
Not tolerant of wet soils.
Root suckers are common, and plants will form a dense colony.
Disease, pests, and problems
Fungal leaf spots, mildew, rust, fireblight, cankers
Native geographic location and habitat
Native to North America from Alaska across western Canada into the western and north central United States.
Attracts birds & butterflies
Flowers attract butterflies and fruit attract many song birds
Bark color and texture
Onler bark issSilver gray with vertical streaks
Leaf or needle arrangement, size, shape, and texture
Alternate, oval to round green to dark green changing to yellw or red fall color
Flower arrangement, shape, and size
Clusters of 5-petaled white fragrant flowers appear in early spring
Fruit, cone, nut, and seed descriptions
Large, 1/4-inch bluish-purple fleshy berries are juicy and edible
Cultivars and their differences
Regent Saskatoon Serviceberry (Amelanchier alnifolia 'Regent'): is a compact, deciduous, colony-forming cultivar which grows only four to six feet tall and wide.
Standing Ovation™ Serviceberry (Amelanchier alnifolia 'Obelisk'): a narrow, upright version that grows 12 to 15 feet tall and three to four feet wide.