Native Plant of the Month: Western Serviceberry

Common Name: Western serviceberry, Juneberry, Saskatoon serviceberry 

Photo of Western Serviceberry.

Binomial Name: Amelanchier alnifolia 

Soil Type: Moist to rather dry 

Sunlight: Full sun or partial shade 

Plant Type: large shrub or small tree 

Foliage: Deciduous 

Commonly found in forest understories this large shrub can grow up to 26 feet tall and about half as wide. In the mid-spring to early summer this native plant will bloom a white flower with narrow petals, these flowers are then followed by a purple berry like fruit. The berry has a very musty flavor and is sometimes used to make pies and jams. Birds are attracted to the berries on this plant and make a great addition to any native garden.