Scarification: Soak in water, let stand in water for 24 hours
Stratification: cold stratify for 90 days or fall sowing
Germination: sow seed 1/8" deep, tamp the soil, mulch the seed bed
Other: fall sowing in mulched beds is prefered to artificial stratification
If you're looking for a versatile and delicious fruit to add to your garden, the Amelanchier alnifolia, commonly known as the Saskatoon Berry or Serviceberry, may be just what you need! This deciduous shrub or small tree can grow up to 10 meters in height, forming clumps or colonies that produce gorgeous white flowers and small purple pomes that ripen in mid-summer. The fruit is soft, juicy, and has a sweet flavor with a hint of apple that is loved by almost everyone who tries it. Saskatoon Berries are rich in iron, copper, and essential nutrients like fiber, vitamin C, and potassium. They can be eaten raw, cooked, or dried and are great in pies, jams, wine, cider, beer, or as a healthy snack. This adaptable and hardy shrub is also a common understory plant in forests and is easy to cultivate in many soil types. So why not add some Saskatoon Berries to your garden this season and enjoy the bounty of this amazing fruit!