Blue huckleberries?

Asked June 18, 2016, 4:22 PM EDT

Hi- we have these 7-10' bushes/trees in our yard and I'm wondering if you can help me identify them. I've been Googling and think that maybe they're blue huckleberries? The springtime flowers are white and the berries are reddish purple. The birds sure love them. Lindsey

Ramsey County Minnesota fruits and berries shrub identification serviceberry

1 Response

Thank you for the question. The shrub might be a serviceberry, also called a Juneberry. There are garden huckleberry plants that are treated like annuals and look like pepper plants and there is another wild huckleberry that is closer in size to your description but the leaves and fruit don't appear to be similar. The photos also resemble buckthorn, an invasive shrub. Please read these links and re-examine the shrub. If the leaves are opposite each other on the stem and not alternating, it's probably a serviceberry.