Saskatoon berries are native to the northern plains of the U.S. and Canada. They are also called Serviceberries and Juneberries.
They grow as 8′-15′ tall shrubs or small trees that are very cold hardy and tolerant of adverse soil and site conditions. Early each spring the bushes are covered with 1/2″ white flowers that are visible for great distances, then are followed by sweet, blueish-purple berries the size of a medium blueberry that ripen in June. The fruit is used for the same purposes as blueberries and make excellent pies and can also be frozen. In autumn the leaves turn yellow, orange and red making Saskatoon bushes are an excellent ornamental for the yard. The berries are coveted by song birds, game birds, and animals making these an excellent choice to improve wildlife habitat.
Saskatoon berries are being grown commercially at several farms around Michigan. They are more cold hardy than blueberries and do not require acidic soil. They do well in part shade to full sun, and ground that is not excessively wet. Plants begin producing fruit a season or two after planting, and should be spaced 3′-4′ apart.
18″- 24″ tall bare root plants are priced at $7.00 each