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Thiessen Saskatoon (Serviceberry) vs Viking Aronia Berry

Amelanchier alnifolia Thiessen

Aronia melanocarpa Viking

Thiessen Saskatoon (Serviceberry)
Viking Aronia Berry

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.

Viking Aronia Berry is easy to grow, with black berries that are high in antioxidants. The Viking variety is much more productive than the non cultivar Aronia Berry. The berries can be eaten fresh but are found to be tart and bitter. They are more often used in baking, jams, juices, and wine. They have small, white flowers with a hint of pink that grow evenly on the shrub. The summer foliage turns a very attractive red in the fall.

The Viking Aronia Berry is a self-pollinating plant. Because of its uniformity and high yield, the Viking Aronia Berry is a popular cultivar.

THIESSEN SASKATOON (SERVICEBERRY) QUICK FACTS

VIKING ARONIA BERRY QUICK FACTS

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Zone: 1a
Zone: 3a
Height: 5 m (16 ft)
Height: 1.2 m (4 ft)
Spread: 3 m (10 ft)
Spread: 1.2 m (4 ft)
Moisture: normal
Moisture: normal
Light: partial shade, full sun
Light: full sun
Berries: blue
Berries: small black berries
Flavor: astringent
Flowers: white
Growth rate: fast
Growth rate: medium
Life span: medium
Life span: short
Suckering: low
Suckering: medium





Other Names: alder-leaf shadbush, dwarf shadbush, pacific serviceberry, pigeon berry, western juneberry, western serviceberry
Other Names: black chokeberry viking, viking chokeberry