Saskatoon Berry

Amelanchier alnifolia
  • Hul’qumi’num Name: tushnets
  • Description: Deciduous shrub with toothed, oval-shaped leaves, purple berries, and beautiful, profuse white flowers in spring.
  • Habitat: Dry slopes, coastal bluffs, forest edges, clearings, and thickets.
  • Harvest: Purple berries ripen mid-summer.
  • Edibility: Berries are eaten raw or cooked.
  • Fun Fact: Tushnets is a favourite berry acrossthe north. In southwest BC, however, only plants with full sun, rich soil, and lots of water will produce palatable fruit. Birds adore it.

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