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Western serviceberry

Amelanchier alnifolia


A deciduous shrub or small tree with edible fruit. Its growth form spans from suckering and forming colonies to clumped (pic 2). This one was about 5 meters tall.


Spotted in an open semi forest in the Cascade foothills. Often a forest under-story, but can thrive in an open meadow habitat as well, where it can get plenty of sun to ripen the berries.


Native to western Canada and northwestern United States. With a sweet, nutty taste, the fruits have long been eaten by Canada's aboriginal people, fresh or dried. They are well known as an ingredient in pemmican, a preparation of dried meat to which saskatoon berries are added as flavour and preservative. They are also often used in pies, jam, wines, cider, beers, and sugar-infused berries similar to dried cranberries used for cereals, trail mix, and snack foods. Also a favorite of the Cedar waxwing.

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Washington, USA

Lat: 48.59, Long: -120.43

Spotted on Jun 28, 2018
Submitted on Jul 1, 2018

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