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Parkhill Saskatoon

Amelanchier 'Parkhill'

 

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Parkhill Saskatoon (Amelanchier 'Parkhill') at A Very Successful Garden Center

Parkhill Saskatoon flowers

Parkhill Saskatoon flowers

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Height:  5 feet

Spread:  5 feet

Sunlight:  full sun  partial shade 

Hardiness Zone:  2a

Other Names:  Juneberry

Description:

A compact, dwarf hybrid of this valuable landscape shrub with showy white flowers in spring followed by mild flavoured, even ripening berries in June; unique low habit make this a fine choice for garden use or in hedges

Edible Qualities

Parkhill Saskatoon is a medium-sized shrub that is commonly grown for its edible qualities, although it does have ornamental merits as well. It produces small navy blue round berries which are usually ready for picking in early summerin early summer. The berries have a sweet taste.

The berries are most often used in the following ways:

  • Fresh Eating
  • Cooking
  • Preserves

Features & Attributes

Parkhill 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 navy blue berries from late spring to early summer.

This is a dense multi-stemmed deciduous shrub with an upright spreading habit of growth. Its relatively fine texture sets it apart from other landscape plants with less refined foliage. This is a relatively low maintenance plant, 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. It has no significant negative characteristics.

Aside from its primary use as an edible, Parkhill Saskatoon is sutiable for the following landscape applications;

  • Hedges/Screening
  • General Garden Use
  • Naturalizing And Woodland Gardens
  • Orchard/Edible Landscaping

Planting & Growing

Parkhill Saskatoon will grow to be about 5 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 5 feet. It has a low canopy, and is suitable for planting under power lines. It grows at a slow rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for approximately 20 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 particular variety is an interspecific hybrid.

 
 
Hardiness Zone Plant Height Minimum Sunlight
Characteristics
Screening  Garden  Naturalizing  Orchard 
Applications
Flowers  Fruit  Fall Color  Attracts Wildlife 
Ornamental Features