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Thiessen saskatoon bushes

Amelanchier alnifolia
  • Picking month: July
A large-fruited early-ripening Saskatoon or Juneberry.

Thiessen saskatoon bushes for sale

Pot-grown

All pot-grown trees are suitable for planting out in the garden, some are suitable for growing in containers.

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Thiessen is one of the most popular Saskatoon or Juneberry varieties, with a particularly good sharp tangy flavour.

The tree is vigorous and the berry-like fruits are amongst the largest of their kind, and ripen early in the summer.

The fruits ripen over a period.

How to grow

Thiessen is an early-flowering Saskatoon, and like all Saskatoons is very susceptible to frost damage, so best planted in a sheltered frost-free area.

Thiessen grows with a more spreading habit than other Saskatoons, and if planting several bushes, allow up to 3m between each one.They should reach a mature height of about 2m-3m or so in the UK - in Canada Thiessen reaches 4m-5m. After a few years it becomes a large sprawling bush.

Do not add fertiliser at the time of planting, but water well, and keep the young bush regularly watered (but not drowing) 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.

Advice on fruit tree pollination.

History

Thiessen was discovered as a wild seedling in Sasketchewan, Canada, in 1906, making it one of the oldest Saskatoon varieties. It is known to grow productively for more than 50 years. It is now the second most widely-planted Saskatoon variety in Canada.

Thiessen characteristics

Growing

  • Gardening skillBeginner

Using

  • Picking monthJuly
  • Picking seasonEarly
  • Food usesEating freshCulinaryEdible fruits

Identification

  • Country of originCanada
  • Period of origin1900 - 1949
  • Flowering monthApril
  • Fruit colourBlue - dark
  • Fruit sizeLarge