Saskatoon Berry

photo by Travis Wiens CC BY-NC-ND

Serviceberry, Juneberry, Shadbush, Chuckley Pear

Saskatoon Berry grows throughout Alaska, Canada, northwestern and central United States. Look for small white flower clusters in the spring and dark purple berries in early summer.

Saskatoon Berry is a low shrub to small tree (up to 20 ft) with oval, alternating leaves. It grows wild in a wide variety of habitats so long as there is sufficient moisture, and it can usually be found in large patches. It is also cultivated in home gardens and on farms.

Deer, Elk, and Moose eat the tips of branches in winter and the leaves in summer. Thickets provide cover for birds and animals.

The berries are sweet and a good source of Vitamin C. They can be eaten raw or cooked - Saskatoon Berry pie is very popular.

Did you know? Saskatoon Berry is known by many different names - Serviceberry, Juneberry, Shadbush, and Chuckley Pear.

See Also: Wild Strawberry, Bearberry, Blackberry, Chokecherry, Elderberry, Highbush Cranberry, Huckleberry, Oregon Grape, Silver Buffaloberry, Snowberry, Thimbleberry