Smoky saskatoon bushes

  • Pick: Early-season
  • Self-fertile

Smoky is the sweetest-flavoured Saskatoon or Juneberry, and one of the main commercial varieties. It is very heavy-cropping.

The fruits ripen unevenly - regarded as inconvenient by commercial growers, but a useful for the gardener who wants to be able to pick fresh Saskatoons over a longer period.

Smoky saskatoon bushes for sale

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Mature size* Supplied as Price Quantity

Pot-grown fruit trees

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Delivery period: Pot-grown trees can be delivered from September onwards. Bare-root trees can be delivered from mid-November onwards. Within those periods you can specify your preferred month of delivery during the checkout process. It is best to order as soon as you can to ensure items are reserved for you.

*Mature size: Height shown is the approximate height of the tree when mature (after 5-10 years), not the height when supplied. See photos of trees as supplied. Actual mature heights may vary considerably dependent on your local conditions and training and pruning regime.

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Summary features of Smoky

Growing

  • Gardening skill: Average?
  • Cropping: Good
  • Fertility: Self-fertile?
  • Vigour: Average growth?
  • Bearing regularity: Regular?
  • Flowering season: Mid-season

Uses

Identification

  • Country of origin: Canada

Climate

  • Frost resistance: Susceptible?
  • Warm climates?
  • Temperate climates
  • Tolerates cold winters
  • Planting position: Full sun essential

Pollination guide for Smoky

Smoky is self-fertile and does not need a pollination partner, although fruiting may be improved if there is a compatible tree of a different variety nearby.

Important: advice about pollination

How to grow Smoky saskatoon bushes

Like all Saskatoons, Smoky is susceptible to frost damage, so best planted in a sheltered frost-free area, in full sun.

If planting several bushes, allow 3m between each one. They should reach a mature height of about 2m-3m or so in the UK.

Do not add fertiliser at the time of planting, but water well, and keep the young bush regularly watered (but not drowning) during the spring. Water should be applied to the base of the stem and the root area, try to avoid letting water splash on to the leaves. Keep weeds and grass well away from the base of the plant.

No pruning is usually required for the first 5 years. After that, prune out some of the older branches each spring, since fruiting is best on younger shoots.

Historical details

Smoky is named after the Smoky River in Alberta, Canada, where the first seedling of this variety was found, in the early 20th century. It was the first Saskatoon to be grown commercially, and even today is still probably the most widely planted.

Botanical name

Amelanchier alnifolia 'Smoky'


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