Amelanchier alnifolia 'Honeywood'
Honeywood Saskatoon flowers
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Height: 10 feet
Spread: 7 feet
Hardiness Zone: 2a
An extremely versatile shrub for edible landscapes, featuring abundant crops of delicious and large berries in late June or early July, a little later than other varieties, ornamental flowers in early spring; larger than most varieties
Honeywood Saskatoon is a large shrub that is typically grown for its edible qualities, although it does have ornamental merits as well. It produces small royal blue round berries which are usually ready for picking in early summer. The berries have a sweet taste.
The berries are most often used in the following ways:
- Fresh Eating
Features & Attributes
Honeywood Saskatoon is blanketed in stunning clusters of white flowers rising above the foliage from early to mid spring before the leaves. It has dark green foliage throughout the season. The oval leaves turn an outstanding yellow in the fall. It features an abundance of magnificent royal blue berries in early summer.
This is a multi-stemmed deciduous shrub with an upright spreading habit of growth. Its average texture blends into the landscape, but can be balanced by one or two finer or coarser trees or shrubs for an effective composition. This plant will require occasional maintenance and upkeep, and is best pruned in late winter once the threat of extreme cold has passed. It is a good choice for attracting birds to your yard, but is not particularly attractive to deer who tend to leave it alone in favor of tastier treats. Gardeners should be aware of the following characteristic(s) that may warrant special consideration;
Aside from its primary use as an edible, Honeywood Saskatoon is sutiable for the following landscape applications;
- General Garden Use
- Naturalizing And Woodland Gardens
- Orchard/Edible Landscaping
Planting & Growing
Honeywood Saskatoon will grow to be about 10 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 7 feet. It tends to be a little leggy, with a typical clearance of 3 feet from the ground, and is suitable for planting under power lines. It grows at a medium rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for approximately 30 years. This is a self-pollinating variety, so it doesn't require a second plant nearby to set fruit.
This shrub is quite ornamental as well as edible, and is as much at home in a landscape or flower garden as it is in a designated edibles garden. It does best in full sun to partial shade. It prefers to grow in average to moist conditions, and shouldn't be allowed to dry out. It is not particular as to soil type or pH. It is somewhat tolerant of urban pollution. This is a selection of a native North American species.