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Thiessen Saskatoon vs Aronia Berry

Amelanchier alnifolia Thiessen

Aronia melanocarpa

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Thiessen Saskatoon is a deciduous shrub that produces delicious edible fruit. Thiessen saskatoons are one of the most productive saskatoons great in pies, preserves or eating fresh. However, they are most popular with u-pick operations because their height gets to about 16ft tall which is too tall for most mechanical harvesting equipment.

Native to Eastern Canada and the Eastern United States, this branching shrub forms well rooted clumps that can spread. Flowers are usually white (or pink) and they produce black fruits that some people find too astringent, hence they are also known as Black Chokeberry. People who like the taste and not the astringent tannins often blend the berries or juice in with other things.

Some find that Aronia is an attractive ornamental plant for the garden. These shrubs grow well under other trees and their fall color is a vibrant red. It is common to see it used as a hedge.

The berries have their own unique flavour. The polyphenols and anthocyanins are touted as healthy antioxidants and lots of research seems to be underway on the health benefits of this fruit.

We do not grow Aronia Berry every year.

THIESSEN SASKATOON QUICK FACTS

ARONIA BERRY QUICK FACTS

Zone: 3a
Height: 1.8 m (6 ft)
Spread: 1.2 m (4 ft)
Moisture: normal
Light: partial shade, full sun
Fall colour: wine red to apricot color -- extremely attractive
Flowers: attractive whitish-pink flowers in loose clusters of up to 8, clusters up to 2 inches in width
Growth rate: fast
Life span: short
Maintenance: low
Suckering: medium







Ships To Canada: yes

Ships To Canada: yes
Ships to USA: yes