Bloom time: May – June
Leaves & Twigs: Leaves are oval-shaped, and slightly longer (about 2-6 cm) than they are wide. In the West, leaves are usually rounded at the tip and straight across at the base, with coarse “teeth” on the upper half. In the East, leaves are pointed with teeth all around the edges.
Flowers & Fruits
Habitat: Especially common in the West, saskatoon plants prefer well-drained, coarse-textured soils. In the East, these shrubs often are found in wetter soils.
PlantWatch Pointers: Tag a typical shrub for observation.
- First bloom: when the first flowers are open on the observed shrub (3 places).
- Mid bloom: when 50% of the flowers are open on the observed shrub.
This species is monitored in:
- British Columbia
- Northwest Territories
Saskatoon berries were the most important plant food used by the Blackfoot First Nations peoples of the Prairies.