Saskatoon Serviceberry is a combination of two of its most familiar common names. It is also known as Juneberry, or Western Serviceberry. Historically it was also called “pigeon berry.” Saskatoon comes from the Cree word for Serviceberry. The city of Saskatoon, Saskatchewan was named after the berry. The name “serviceberry” apparently comes from the similarity of the fruit to the related European Sorbus. The origin of the generic name Amelanchier is derived from the French name of the European species, Amelanchier ovalis. Alnifolia means “alder-like” leaves.