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Saskatoon (Amelanchier alnifolia Nutt.)

  • K. Pruski
  • M. Mohyuddin
  • G. Grainger
Part of the Biotechnology in Agriculture and Forestry book series (AGRICULTURE, volume 16)


Amelanchier alnifolia Nutt. is native to western North America, extending from Manitoba to the Fraser River canyon, and from the northern states of the USA to the Yukon. Botanically, the saskatoon belongs to the genus Amelanchier, family Rosaceae, which also includes Amelanchier laevis, A. oblongifolia, A. ovalis Med. and several others commonly called serviceberries. The saskatoon is a medium-sized shrub (Fig. 1) or sometimes a small tree, which has simple, alternate leaves with either toothed or smooth margins. Flowers are in racemes, bright white in color, and appear in mid-May. Fruit is nearly round, dark blue in color, and superficially resembles blueberries, though they are not related. The saskatoon is a pome fruit and is related to apples, pears, quince, and cotoneaster, onto all of which it may be grafted.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • K. Pruski
  • M. Mohyuddin
  • G. Grainger
    • 1
  1. 1.Alberta Tree Nursery and Horticulture CentreAlbertaCanada

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