8 responses to “Amelanchier alnifolia”

  1. Beverley

    Amelanchier alnifolia – Z2 – RHS Index of Garden Plants, Griffiths
    Amelanchier alnifolia – Z4-5 – A-Z Encyclopedia of Garden Plants, Brickell, Cole, Zuk

  2. Stan Flouride

    Which came first, the Province or the fruit?

  3. Hollis

    The story behind the common name ‘serviceberry’ is a favorite of mine. Back in the good old days in the north country, if someone died midwinter it was impossible to bury them properly until the ground thawed. Amelanchier alnifolia bloomed about the time that the ground had thawed sufficiently for burials, and so there were lots of services held then – hence ‘serviceberry’.

  4. Daniel Mosquin

    Good question, Stan – I don’t know.

  5. Daniel Mosquin

    Ah, Wikipedia has the answer: saskatoonberry (as I thought it might be, the city was named after the plant since the origins of the word reside in the Cree language).

  6. Sally

    Got to munch some of these growing next to the Yale University Bookstore (Connecticut) a few weeks ago.
    Down here (Colorado) they are, to me at least, among the more palatable wild fruits– so what have YOU got up there that’s better, Daniel?
    In New York state, at least, or maybe the whole eastern U.S., they are also known as shadblow as they blossom (blow) when the shad (a fish) are migrating or plentiful or in season or some such thing.

  7. Daniel Mosquin

    What I prefer over saskatoons would be wild strawberries, wild blueberries and wild raspberries…

  8. Larry Kullberg

    how come this conversation didn’t continue!
    Over here we have no ‘saskatoons’. But I have done research…Did you know this fruit is grown commercially in the ‘prairie states’ of
    Canada in the thousands of acres.
    Fruit has plenty magnesium in it – good for our brains! Also lots of vitamin C and phytochemicals against free radicals. Seems like we´re missing out on a good thing.
    Larry Kullberg, Karlstad, Sweden.

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