Saskatoon berries

Saskatoon bushes

Saskatoon melomel: adding 3 tsp acid/gal and ~2 lb honey/gal, 1st day add 1 campden tablet/gal in open primary bucket, 2nd day add campden tablets, 3rd day add yeast Lavlin EC1118 or 1116, maybe a slower one like 71

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Canadian Saskatoon berry (serviceberry/juneberry) Amelchanier alnifolia.

Height: up to 15' tall. Size of bushes is managed by pruning out older wood at the base which also ensures vigorous new fruit-producing branches.
Width: Depends how many suckers grow up
Planting: 3-5' apart in-row, 12-14 between row (or more for mechanical harvesters)
Suckers: yes
Pollination: Self-pollinating. Planting multiple varieties increases fruit set marginally but increases fruit seediness.
Disease: Susceptible to woolly elm aphid and fire blight. Usually more of a problem in orchard settings than in home gardens.
Planting: Plant a couple inches deep. Prune tips to promote suckering. After 3 years, prune 1/4 of bush at ground level each year to rejuvenate.
USDA zone: 2-6 (warmer zones check your chill hours - NCSU reports hardiness to zone 9 but no guarantee for varieties listed below)
Chill hours: Alberta Saskatoon Berry Manual- minimum chilling period of approximately 3 months (0C / 32-39F) Getchill here
Varieties: All taste good to us! If you are looking into growing them commercially, links are provided below for more research as to which varieties might suit your operation better. We have no recommendations for which variety grows best in any particular region.
More info: comparison chart
- Saskatoon Berry Production Manual Online version or order direct from the Department of Agriculture in Alberta, Canada
- MISA intro
- USA Gardener
- Growing saskatoons in Nebraska
- U of Idaho Extension
- Montana State video 2021
- Learn2Grow Serviceberry
Recipes: Traditional Canadian saskatoon berry jam, 5 cup pie, 4 cup pie and pie crust with shortening and pie crust with butter. Also several at Shifting Roots.

All varieties provide excellent flavored large berries that may be used just like blueberries.

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JB 30 - While it grows great here in Minnesota and many other places, at the Western Agricultural Research Center in Corvallis, MT, the branches flopped over under the weight of the berries more than other saskatoons.

JB30F1 Saskatoon seedling 11-18" tall

Lee 8
Lee 8 Saskatoon 2yr old

Martin Saskatoon seedling 11-18" tall

Northline has a tiny bit extra sweet flavor on slightly smaller berries, uneven ripening
Northline Saskatoon seedling 11-18" tall

Smoky Saskatoon seedling 11-18" tall


Thiessen Saskatoon seedling 11-18" tall

For wholesale orders of 50+ plants please contact us
for availability of the specific variety you wish and pricing.

Honeywood Saskatoon - Contact us to be put on a wait list.

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Sunny berries
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The vitamin C concentration of sea berry fruit is 30 times higher than the amount of an orange, 25 times that of a strawberry, and 5 times that of a kiwi. Their vitamin E content exceeds wheat, corn and soybeans. Many people prefer seaberry juice to orange juice, and some enjoy eating the berries fresh off the tree. Read about more health benefits at Livestrong and If you don't mind sugar, check out the Russian jam recipe at the end of this article. The Russian word for seaberry is oblepikha.

Regular deep watering during the hot dry spells of summer will increase seaberry yields substantially. Phosphorus and Potash, along with micro nutrients are necessary, while Nitrogen can actually hinder the plants growth and general vigour.

Sea berry, Hippophae rhamnoides, are either male or female so males are needed for pollination. Males need to be planted at a rate of 1 male for every 6 females, six feet apart. Sea Berry is wind pollinated and bears approximately 3 years after planting. Sea berry is hardy to minus 40 F, grows in USDA zones 3-9 (but best in 3-7), likes full sun and well-drained soil. Ideal pH is between 6.3 and 6.8 but tolerates 5.5 - 8.5. Height 8-12'. Spread 5+'

Please note that some varieties of seaberry sucker, up to 15 feet or more, so should not be planted next to your neighbor's property line! Suckers are best controlled by simply mowing the grass around the bush. However, sea buckthorn should not be confused with the black-berried common buckthorn Rhamnus cathartica L. which is considered a noxious weed.

Rejuvenation: The rejuvenation cut back should happen around the 7th or 8th year. Sometime before spring break, cut back the entire plant to roughly 10-12" above the natural crown of the primary branches (the shrub will end up at roughly 3-4' H). All small branches should be cut to leave only primary trunks large enough to support regrowth. It is important to note that only healthy and well cared for trees will continuously regrow.

Seaberry needs *Full Sun*
For more info, see MISA Intro and Growing Guide from Quebec

Mary (female)
Medium height (10' - 15' H) with very few thorns. Fruits are bright orange at maturity and remain firm for a long period which can be harvested until first frost (4-6 weeks harvest from August into September in northern states). Average berry weight 68g/100 berries. Mary has a higher oil content than Sunny and its flavor is more pronounced but the flavour is still mild and pleasant since it is low in total acids, which makes it a great choice for food and beverages as well. Higher oil content is preferable for skin care products. It has, enough oil content to make it the first choice for Finnish company Aromtech, who makes supplement capsules, and the flavor is right up there with Sunny as to palatability. This cultivar produces smaller berries than Sunny but the shrubs are very good producers overall. Very good for juice, and cosmetics.


Orange Energy TM (female) Medium-early maturing German cultivar launched in 2005 and prized for its abundant crops of flavorful large bright orange berries. It grows very strongly with good side branching. Few thorns. Originated from a cross Leikora x Pollmix 2. Fruits avg 5.1 g, oblong oval. Total acidity: 3.1 to 3.6% ascorbic acid (vitamin C): 149 - 289mg / 100 g fresh mass; carotene: from 11.8 to 17.7 mg / 100 g fresh mass; tocopherol (vitamin E): 18.9 mg / 100 g fresh mass; total fat content: 4.9 to 6.3% (Reference)

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Frugana is noted as a vigorous and productive, upright growing shrub, early ripening, bears large, bright orange-red berries.


Harvest Moon is an early maturing, relatively thornless variety with reddish-orange berries from Canadian breeding program. adapted to Canadian prairies and northern Great Plains of the United States. Great for brewing beer and kombucha.


Leikora is a German selection with large yellow-orange berries
Pics Very good for cosmentics (high oil content) and supplements.

Leikora Seaberry Gal/BR

Askola(TM) has an extremelly high content of Vitamin C and E. The plentiful, dark orange berries ripen in early fall and ideal for juicing. It reaches 10-12 ft. in height.

Askola Seaberry TM Gal/BR

Male Seaberry

* 1 male per 5-7 of the above listed females
* best suited for early and mid season female varietes (listed above)

Male Seaberry Gal/BR

Seaberry Links
How to Grow Sea Buckthorn 2021 Susan Pozner interviewing researcher Bill Schroder
2015 Research Gate Saskatchewan varieties
Introduction Ontario, Canada Irrigation Report Quebec (French) 2016-2017
Frozen seaberries at The Honeyberry Farm
Universite Laval Quebec 2013 Martin Trepanier, Ph.D., agr
Sea Buckthorn Insider
Production Guide (Thomas & McLoughlin, 1997),
Lilianausvat blog 2013 - overview
Houzz forum
International Sea Buckthorn conference, Germany 2013,
Harvesting technologies for sea buckthorn fruit,
Honeyberry USA Fotos of various unnamed bushes.
Proceedings of the 3rd European Workshop, Finland 2014
Growing Sea Buckthorn 102 Omega Fruit More links

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