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Saskatoon Serviceberry Fruit Doesn't Ripen

I planted a Saskatoon serviceberry bush last spring (2017), so it is in it's first full year this year. Last year it produced very small green berries that did not ripen. I put it down to being the first year. This year, it is a little over 5 feet high and has produced many berries, but as yet, they are still very small, hard, and green. Do I need more than one plant for cross pollination? More and/or different fertilizer? Or more frequent watering?
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If we do not have rain, I water thoroughly at least twice a week. As you can see in the photo, the plant also has brown spots on many of the leaves. We have had almost monsoon type rains on the east coast this year and I'm wondering if it has been getting too much water. Any advice is appreciated.
I live in New Bern, NC.

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August 1, 20180 found this helpful

It usually takes 3 years to get a harvest. You can read about the berry here. saskatoonberryinstitute.org/.../

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August 1, 20180 found this helpful

it sounds like it is right on schedule, just wait a bit more

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August 3, 20180 found this helpful

Normally it takes 3 to 5 years for any tree to produce fruit that can be eaten. At the end of the growing season just before winter, you'll need to trim back the tree just a bit and cut off all the branches with fruit on them. You can do this before fall or wait till early spring. If you have harsh winters it is best to wait until early spring.

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August 12, 20180 found this helpful

Your local extension had a nice article on these bushes extensiongardener.ces.ncsu.edu/.../

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