Photo by Melody

Fruits and Nuts: Saskatoon Berry/Amelanchier alnifolia

Communities > Forums > Fruits and Nuts
Forum: Fruits and NutsReplies: 3, Views: 44
Add to Bookmarks
Lancaster, CA

June 28, 2012
9:35 AM

Post #9184717

Hello All,

I've purchased 2 bare root plants that are off to a good start. I'm hoping to keep it that way. I'm in California's Hi Desert area. Zone 8a. Dry hot summers (110 degrees +) Cold winters(15 degrees is the lowest I've noted).

I got the plants late so am hoping to keep them comfortable on my screened in patio to protect them from August heat this year.

I've read the nursery and internet information now I'm hoping input from a grower of this plant.

Will they tolerate full sun exposure year round in my area?
Will they tolerate high winds?

Any input you can provide would be helpful

Thanks in advance

Greensburg, PA

June 28, 2012
10:33 AM

Post #9184800

I do not grow in your climate, so can only be of a little help. My saskatoon (several varieties) do not like too much sun, but tolerate it here as long as they have adequate moisture. I suspect that you will need to provide some sheltered location for them where they get shielded from both high winds and strong sun. I consider them to be "understory" plants where they benefit from some shelter here. Your climate sounds more extreme, so protection is a good idea.

15 degree winters will not hurt them but 110 degree summers might.

San Marcos, TX
(Zone 8b)

June 28, 2012
2:52 PM

Post #9185173

They do fine up to 103 and then they start to languish. They will drop all their leaves but if you continue to water them, they will leaf again in fall and spring.

Regent is the variety I have tested for low chill requirement. Most require cold winters to fruit and flower.
However, even if they do fruit and flower, the fruit tends to be on the smaller side due to early spring heat.

They are extremely drought and cold tolerant and prefer a neutral to slightly acid soil. They arent as bad as Blueberries in the acid soil department. However, they really like a looser soil rather than heavy clay for faster growth.
Lancaster, CA

July 1, 2012
4:17 AM

Post #9188435

Great input, thank you both. They're leafing out well in pots on the patio for this summer. I'll transplant in fall. I was considering giving one to my sister in Tehachapi, which sounds like it might work out since they survive PA winters.

Thanks again both of you

I appreciate the prompt reply


You cannot post until you register, login and subscribe.

Other Fruits and Nuts Threads you might be interested in:

SubjectThread StarterRepliesLast Post
Welcome to the Fruit Trees forum! dave 37 Sep 19, 2015 11:01 AM
spraying trees notmartha 18 Mar 29, 2009 1:52 PM
plum tree-loaded! notmartha 50 Sep 5, 2007 1:57 PM
Anyone have PawPaw fruit? crestedchik 67 Feb 29, 2008 2:08 AM
Strawberry Predator? TuttiFrutti 2 Aug 17, 2008 3:59 PM

Overwhelmed? There's a lot to see here. Try starting at our homepage.

[ Home | About | Advertise | Media Kit | Mission | Featured Companies | Terms of Use | Tour | Rules | Privacy Policy | Cookie Policy | Contact Us ]

Back to the top

Copyright © 2000-2015 Dave's Garden, an Internet Brands company. All Rights Reserved.

Hope for America