Amelanchier alnifolia (Saskatoon) - photos and description








General: A shrub or small tree with a very tasty blue berry. Young growth pubescent becoming glabrous.

Flowers: Flowers white, in erect dense racemes. Flower measured at 24 mm diameter.

Leaves: Leaves at stem tips, alternate, elliptical to obovate, apex rounded to truncate, serrate. Leaves often having a brownish-green colour when new. Leaf measured at 45 mm long by 33 mm wide.

Height: Height listed in Budd's Flora to 4 m, we measured plants to 2.8 m tall.

Habitat: Habitat is moist coulees, bluffs and open woodlands in the prairie and parklands.

Abundance: Very common.

Origin: Native.

When and where photographed: Photos taken May 26th (in flower), prairie slopes of the Qu'Appelle Valley, about 40 km north of Regina, and July 9th (in fruit) hillside bluff, Qu'Appelle Valley, about 80 km northwest of our home in Regina, SK.