[NAFEX] nafex Digest, Vol 52, Issue 62

Chex chex.rice at gmail.com
Tue May 29 13:38:19 EDT 2007

Is there any kind of a project underway where selected native service
berries are being grown in test plots in different regions of the US?
If not then I propose some of us get together and start a "Native
Amelanchier Trial".

zone 5a, IL

> Date: Sat, 26 May 2007 03:59:56 -0400 (EDT)
> From: dwoodard at becon.org
> Subject: Re: [NAFEX] Serviceberry & humidity
> To: "North American Fruit Explorers" <nafex at lists.ibiblio.org>
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> People report problems growing saskatoons selected on the Canadian
> prairies, in humid climates elsewhere. Saskatoons (Amelanchier alnifolia)
> are not serviceberries although they are related. I expect that a lot of
> the people who can't grow good saskatoons could grow good fruit from other
> Amelanchiers, perhaps some of the native species of Amelanchier, which may
> or may not be known as serviceberries, which grow wild near them.
> There are many species of Amelanchier, adapted to different climates, soil
> types and perhaps summer day lengths.
> Similarly, apricots, peaches, plums (of various species), sweet and sour
> cherries and their numerous relatives are all Prunus but they are not the
> same and do not grow well under the same conditions.
> Doug Woodard
> St. Catharines, Ontario, Canada
> >     I keep reading about humidity being a problem with growing
> > Serviceberry
> > and wonder if humidity is getting an, undeserved, bad rap.  Minnesota
> > Summers can be very humid and Serviceberry varieties thrive as landscape
> > plants.
> >
> > Jim Fruth
> > Pequot Lakes, MN  56472

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