Saskatoon Berry

Amelanchier alnifolia

A native species, this medium deciduous shrub of British Columbia can reach five metres or more. Every June, at this time, the people of the valley benefit from a very attractive display of delicate flowers which appear everywhere.

The bright, white flowers grow in "short leafy clusters" called racemes*.


* raceme - usually elongate cluster of flowers along the main stem in which the flowers at the base open first.
 
The fruits (berries) are purple with a greyish bloom and edible, sweet with a nutty flavour.  For many years I have picked and  frozen some of the berries for using in muffins at a later date.  They are also food for the birds.