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Thiessen Saskatoon (Serviceberry) vs Western Snowberry

Amelanchier alnifolia Thiessen

Symphoricarpus occidentalis

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Thiessen Saskatoon (Serviceberry)
Western Snowberry

Thiessen Saskatoon is a deciduous shrub that produces delicious edible fruit. They are one of the most productive saskatoons. Their fruit is great in pies, preserves or eating fresh.

Thiessen Saskatoon is most popular with u-pick operations for its taller tree-like shape and much larger berries. But it is not the best choice for berry orchards because it is too tall for most mechanical harvesting equipment.

Like the Common Snowberry, the Western Snowberry is a small shrub with pink flowers useful for feeding livestock and preventing erosion. Unlike the common species, however, the Western Snowberry is much more suited to wet conditions, capable of persevering through poor soil drainage and occasional flooding.

After the Snowberry's flowers have bloomed, it produces berries which often last on the plant through winter. These berries are toxic to humans, but livestock and local wildlife love them! Those hoping to attract wildlife to their property can plant Snowberry and expect to see animals foraging on it much later in the year than other plants.

THIESSEN SASKATOON (SERVICEBERRY) QUICK FACTS

WESTERN SNOWBERRY QUICK FACTS

Zone: 1a
Zone: 1a
Height: 5 m (16 ft)
Height: 0.9 m (3 ft)
Spread: 3 m (10 ft)
Spread: 0.9 m (3 ft)
Moisture: normal
Moisture: any
Light: partial shade, full sun
Light: partial shade, full sun
Berries: produces large edible berries
Berries: small, dense clusters which often last through winter. poisonous to humans
Flowers: pinkish white in small clusters, blooms june-august
Bark: pale green to light red-brown, greys and shreds with age
Growth rate: fast
Growth rate: medium
Life span: medium
Life span: short
Suckering: low
Suckering: high
Pollution tolerance: low




Toxicity: berries are toxic to humans

Other Names: buckbrush, wolfberry


Ships To Canada: yes
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