[NAFEX] Northline Serviceberry (Chex)

Mark & Helen Angermayer hangermayer at isp.com
Mon May 21 12:26:11 EDT 2007


This is our first year to try serviceberries.  Lon is right, they're native
to prairie states so should do well in your area with lower rainfall,
although I would give them a drink when they need it.  We have Regent.
According to St-Pierre's book, "Growing Saskatoons-a manual for
orchardists", Regent is somewhat resistant to saskatoon/juniper rust
(Gymnosporangium spp.).  I believe this is the same organism Doc is
referring to (quince rust).  Regent also has some resistance to
Entomosporium leaf and berry spot.  It is a bush type supposedly growing to
2m.  It was recommended to me by Richard Moyer and so far it seems to be
doing well.  I got mine from Hidden Springs nursery and was pleased with the


Erwinia amylovora is known here as fireblight.  It does affect saskatoons,
but again according to St-Pierre, it displays itself in saskatoons with the
typical blackened sheperds crook, as it does in apple/pear.  Your right it's
supposed to be very bad, but it doesn't sound like what Doc's describing.


----- Original Message ----- 
From: "William C. Garthright" <>
To: "North American Fruit Explorers" <nafex at lists.ibiblio.org>
Sent: Monday, May 21, 2007 8:07 AM
Subject: Re: [NAFEX] Northline Serviceberry (Chex)

> > I've harped on this before, but the main problem is that the
> > commercial varieties are mostly Canadian selections from the dry
> > Prairie Provinces where disease isn't a problem.
> So that might not be such a problem for me, as I'm in a prairie state.
> Of course, I'm quite a bit further south, but our big problem here is
> usually the hot and dry conditions, not excess moisture.
> Thanks!
> Bill
> Lincoln, NE (zone 5)
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