Herb: Quebec Berry

Latin name: Amelanchier stolonifera

Synonyms: Amelanchier spicata

Family: Rosaceae (Rose Family)

Medicinal use of Quebec Berry:

The root bark has been used as a tonic.

Description of the plant:


150 cm
(5 feet)


Habitat of the herb:

Dry acid rocky or sandy open habitats.

Edible parts of Quebec Berry:

Edible fruit - raw or cooked. Sweet and juicy with a good flavour that has a hint of apple. The plant usually yields very well in Britain and the well-flavoured fruit means that it has excellent potential as a commercial crop The fruit is rich in iron and copper.

Propagation of the herb:

Seed - it is best harvested "green", when the seed is fully formed but before the seed coat has hardened, and then sown immediately in pots outdoors or in a cold frame. If stored seed is obtained early enough in the autumn, it can be given 4 weeks warm stratification before being left out in the winter and it should then germinate in the spring. Otherwise seed can be very slow to germinate, perhaps taking 18 months or more. When large enough to handle, prick the seedlings out into individual pots and grow them on in a sheltered outdoor position, planting them out once they are 20cm or more tall. If there is sufficient seed it is best to sow it thinly in an outdoor seedbed. Grow the seedlings on for two years in the seedbed before planting them out into their permanent positions during the winter. Layering in spring - takes 18 months. Division of suckers in late winter. The suckers need to have been growing for 2 years before you dig them up, otherwise they will not have formed roots. They can be planted out straight into their permanent positions if required.

Cultivation of Quebec Berry:

Dry acid rocky or sandy open habitats.

Known hazards of Amelanchier stolonifera:

None known

Plant information taken from the Plants For A Future.