[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.
> Lincoln, NE (zone 5)
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