Thanks for the replies.
Do you know what species of amelanchiers you are growing?
Likely they are Amelanchier cusikii, they are common natives (but see below)
Please tell me more about your climate and maybe I can come up with some suggestions for other fruit trees or shrubs.
Continental, warm dry summers, reasonably long growing season, cool winters. Pronounced rainshadow effect. Mean annual temp ~ 1.6 - 9.5 deg C. Average temp above 10 deg 3 to 5 months. Mean precip 300 - 750mm. Substantial growing season moisture deficits are common, and frost can occur at any time. Soils are gray luvisols on well drained loamy lakustrine deposits, derived from basalt parent material. Humus forms are mormodors.
There are a few older type apple trees and some sour cherries in favorable sites in the neighbourhood.
I'm a little concerned about your comment re: "...wacked the tops" as topping woody plants is rarely a good strategy.
Well the growing environment of the bushes changed as a result of the neighbour removing trees and consequent improved light availability. They were striving upwards between 3 foot diameter D fir trees so had a growth form up and not horizontal. A couple are also in the center of a vegetable garden so have to be managed for their own role in light deprivation. The topping was 2 years ago and doesn't seem to have reduced vigour.
but I donÃ‚Â´t know exactly what variety of Saskatoon it was. Anyway, it was an easy and nice plant with tasty berries
The science world is far behind the indians here in the classification of many useful plants. The natives identify 6 or 7 varieties of chakm based on taste, sugar content, how well they dry on the tree, whether they have big seeds or not and likely other features as well. A lot of folks think chakm is a second class fruit but I find if they are cooked and preserved they are as good as anything.
By the way, I keep my eye on events in Finland and it looks to me like you have one of the most sensible and user friendly govenments I have heard of. Maybe being stuck between russia and sweden has something to do with it. We are stuck between the usa and china, well and greenland too.
We have another shrub, Shepherdia canadensis, (Hooshum here) that while it is certainly an aquired taste, makes a syrup I love, and that sells for 20 dollars per mickey bottle among the old natives.