"Red-twigged Serviceberry, Juneberry"
Rosaceac (Rose Family)
General - : Spreading or erect shrub or small tree, 1 - 5 m etres tall, but generally 3 metres high; solitary or in small dense thickets; branches smooth, dark grey to reddish brown.
Leaves - Alternate; thin, broadly elliptic to roundish, 1 - 5 cm long; round at tip, squared to rounded at base; hairless above, coarsely sharp-toothed on top half.
Flowers - many (up to 20) in short drooping or leafy clusters; white, showy, about 1-2 cm across, with 5 white petals; appearing in spring.
Fruit - Round and berry-like, appearing like miniature apples, 6 - 10 mm long, light purple to nearly black, juicy and sweet and ripening in mid- to late summer.
Occasional; in dry to moist forests, thickets and open hillsides on well-drained soils; widespread across western boreal forests and northwards.
The reddish branchlets of the Saskatoon are best observed to distinguish it from the Shadbush and other Amelanchier species.
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