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Thiessen Saskatoon (Serviceberry) vs Black Elderberry

Amelanchier alnifolia Thiessen

Sambucus canadensis

Thiessen Saskatoon (Serviceberry)
Black Elderberry

Thiessen Saskatoon is a deciduous shrub that produces delicious edible fruit. It is one of the most productive saskatoon varieties. Its fruit is great in pies, preserves or eating fresh.

Thiessen Saskatoon is popular with U-Picks and home owners because of its taller tree-like shape and larger berries. But it is not the best choice for berry orchards as it is too tall for most mechanical harvesting equipment.

Black Elderberry is a deciduous shrub native to eastern North America. You can plant this shrub in moist areas and it will help stabilize your soil. You can also use it on rural properties anywhere you'd use a lilac.

Warning: the seeds, stems, leaves, roots, and uncooked berries of the Black Elderberry are poisonous to humans when eaten in quantity. You should cook the berries to make them safe for human consumption.

THIESSEN SASKATOON (SERVICEBERRY) QUICK FACTS

BLACK ELDERBERRY QUICK FACTS

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Zone: 1a
Zone: 3a
Height: 5 m (16 ft)
Height: 3 m (10 ft)
Spread: 3 m (10 ft)
Spread: 2.4 m (8 ft)
Moisture: normal
Moisture: normal, wet
Light: partial shade, full sun
Light: any
Berries: blue
Berries: black
Flowers: fragrant, white and showy
Bark: gray brownish with rigid bumps
Growth rate: fast
Growth rate: medium
Life span: medium
Life span: short
Suckering: low
Suckering: medium




Toxicity: leaves, stems, and uncooked berries are poisonous to humans

Other Names: alder-leaf shadbush, dwarf shadbush, pacific serviceberry, pigeon berry, western juneberry, western serviceberry
Other Names: american black elderberry, american elderberry, canada elderberry, common elderberry