With high calcium tree species, Saskatoon berries (Amelanchier alnifolia Nutt.) are a good economic and water conservation tree species. In order to richen economic tree species, increase local people’s income and serve the supply side structure adjustment, we had introduced 5 cultivars of Saskatoon berries to the southern part of the Ningxia Hui Autonomous Region in the semiarid loess hilly regions in 2008 from Afforestation Research Institute of arid area of Liaoning Province. The result showed that because of good root asexual reproduction and growth performance, drought, low temperature and pest resistance, Saskatoon berries are suitable for large area promotion in the semiarid loess hilly regions and similar regions.
Mazza, G. and Cottrell, T. (2008) Carotenoids and Cyanogenic glucosides in Saskatoon Berries (Amelanchier alnifolia Nutt.). Journal of Food Composition and Analysis, 21, 249-254. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jfca.2007.11.003