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Saskatoon

Amelanchier alnifolia
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Habitat: Dry moist forests, thickets and open hillsides on well drained soils.

Description: Shrub or small tree, forms dense thickets.  Branches are smooth, dark grey to reddish brown.  Leaves thin, oval shape with sharp teeth on the top half.  Has white, showy flowers.  Berry-like pomes (like miniature apples), purple to nearly black in color.  Juicy and sweet!

Size: 1-5m tall.

Fun Facts: Saskatoon berries are the only wild fruit available in large quantities in many regions of Alberta.

Source:  Johnson D., L. Kershaw, A. MacKinnon, and J. Pojar.  Plants of the Western Boreal Forest and Aspen Parkland.  1995.  Lone Pine Publishing.

area wildlife + plants

Red-backed Vole
Clethrionomys gapperi
Coat is red on the back, becoming paler on the sides and belly.  Short tail, with few hairs on it, and ears that are round and stand above the fur.
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