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Western Serviceberry
(Saskatoon, Saskatoon Serviceberry, Juneberry)

Amelanchier alnifolia



First Noted by Expedition
April 15, 1806, at The Dalles, Oregon.
 

Description
Shrub or small tree, usually with several trunks, and with star-shaped white flowers. Height: 30 ft (9 m). Diameter: 8 in (20 cm).
 

Habitat
Moist soils in forests and openings.
 

Range
Central Alaska southeast to Manitoba, western Minnesota, Colorado, and west to northern California; local east to southeastern Quebec; to 6,000 ft (1,829 m).
 

Note
The fruit of this and related species are eaten fresh, prepared in puddings, pies, and muffins, and dried like raisins and currants. They are also an important food for wildlife from songbirds to squirrels and bears. Deer and livestock browse the foliage, although in concentrated doses the twigs and leaves, which contain cyanide compounds, can fatally poison these animals.


Species information from enature.com
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