Saskatoon Berry Plants - Theissen
(Amelanchier alnifolia) Deciduous. Zone 3-7
Thiessen Saskatoon Berry is a vigorous shrub that reaches 15 feet! Thiessen Saskatoon Berry flowers early and produces huge, juicy berries - larger than any other variety.
Plump berries are purplish blue and have an uneven ripening tendency. They are delicious for fresh eating, pies, and jam. Glossy green leaves turn a vibrant orange-red in Fall, making Thiessen Saskatoon Berry a wonderful edible ornamental.
The Saskatoon berry is rich in vitamins and antioxidants, and higher in fibre and protein than most fruits because the seeds are edible. The fruit is sweet, with dense, juicy flesh and excellent fresh, frozen, or dried. Use it in any recipe that calls for blueberries.
Saskatoon Berry is shade tolerant, but greater sunlight will increase yields. In the wild, it is found in dry woods and open hillsides and prefers well-drained soils but is not finicky about pH. It is self-fertile, but will produce more fruit when grown in groups. It is very cold hardy and should provide a harvest in its third year.