Saskatoon Berry Plants - Honeywood
(Amelanchier alnifolia) Deciduous Zones 2-7
Honeywood Saskatoon Berry is well adapted to Northern climates, drought tolerant, and an excellent edible ornamental, especially if you want to attract a variety of birds to your backyard!
More compact and shrublike than other varieties (under 9 feet tall), Honeywood Saskatoon flowers and fruits a bit later in the season. In Spring, the shrub bursts with clusters of white blossoms and in Fall, the oval leaves turn a vibrant yellow.
The large, full flavoured, tangy fruit of the Honeywood Saskatoon grow in clusters and have larger seeds, but higher pulp to seed ratio.
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.
Saskatoon Berry prefers full sun and grows well in heavy soil.