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Amelanchier (pronounced /æməˈlænʃɪər/ am-ə-LAN-sheer[2]), also known as shadbush, shadwood or shadblow, service- or sarvisberry, juneberry, saskatoon, sugarplum or wild-plum, and chuckley pear is a genus of about 20 species of shrubs and small deciduous trees in the Rosaceae (Rose family).

The fruit is a berry-like pome, red to purple to nearly black at maturity, 5–15 mm diameter, insipid to delectably sweet, maturing in summer.

UsesEdit

The fruit of several species are excellent to eat raw, tasting somewhat like a blueberry, strongly accented by the almond-like flavour of the seeds. Fruit is harvested locally for pies and jams[22]. The saskatoon berry is harvested commercially. The Native American food pemmican was flavored by shadbush fruits in combination with fat and dried meats, and the stems were made into arrow shafts.

Propagation is by seed, divisions and grafting.

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