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Wet Soil: High

Dry Soil: High

Lime: Low

Amelanchier arborea ‘Robin Hill’ is an American form of the Amelanchier lamarckii. Distinguishing itself from the broader-spreading lamarckii, Robin Hill boasts a compact, upright canopy with its name ‘arborea’ alluding to its branching like a tree. This signifies its standard tree form rather than a multi-stem variety.

Originating from the efforts of William Smith at the Robin Hill Arboretum in New York during the 1960s, this cultivar has proven notably resilient, reaching a height of approximately 8m with a slender, erect crown. The gracefully sweeping branches make it an ideal choice for infusing colour and visual interest into narrow or dull pathways and streets.

A notable advantage of Robin Hill, is its resistance to the browntail moth, whose irritating hairs are absent, making it a preferred alternative to several other tree varieties. In mid-spring, the tree burst to life with pink buds unfolding into a spectacular display of creamy-star shaped flowers. The vibrancy of these blooms intensifies with favourable spring weather, presenting a brilliant white spectacle. The bronzed sandstone hue of leaves transitions into a matte emerald green during summer. Come autumn, the foliage transforms into popcorn yellows and golds, culminating in fiery orange with red undertones.

True to its common name, June Berry, the Robin Hill produces small blackcurrant coloured fruits in early summer. These are highly sought after by both humans and birds, though their time on the tree is fleeting so harvesting must be swift. The overall appeal of the Amelanchier arborea ‘Robin Hill’ lies in its combination of aesthetic beauty, adaptability and minimal susceptibility to common concerns, making it a delightful addition to diverse landscapes.

 

 

 

 

It has a compact, erect canopy rather than the wider spreading lamarckii, with arborea meaning branching like a tree. This is to signify its standard tree form rather than a bushy multi-stem variety.

It was selected and grown by William Smith at the Robin Hill arboretum in New York during the 1960s. It is particularly hardy, reaching around 8m with a narrow erect crown. Its upright swept branches make it ideal for bringing colour and feature to narrow dreary pathways and streets.

It is an excellent alternative to many trees as it is not affected by the browntail moth whose hairs cause irritation when in contact with skin. Its flowers open mid-spring, with pink buds bursting into brilliant swirls of creamy stars which adorn its branches. The more pleasant the spring weather, the more brilliant white the flowers are. The leaves unfold a bronzed sandstone, developing into a matt emerald green during the summer. At the first signs of autumn, these melt into butter popcorn yellows and golds, further developing into fiery orange with red tinges. As its name suggests, during the early summer of June, small black currant and liquorice coloured fruit develop and grow. These purple-black fruits are an absolute favourite for humans and birds alike and do not last long on the tree. You will have to be quick when picking because Robin Hill produces little fruit.

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Size

Small

8m high x 2.5m wide after 25 years

Environment

A useful garden tree. Also good for planting in urban areas which are narrower.

Foliage

Almost round leaves signify the smallest of seasonal changes with their changes in colour. They emerge bronze and quickly freshen to emerald green for the summer. This further develop in yellows, golds and orange with red tinges as the autumn days go by.

Flowers

A profusion of creamy white, star shaped flowers enrich any area during the middle of March.

Fruit

Small blackcurrant coloured berries appear in June.

Resilience

A hardy tree which tolerates poor soil environments. Grows best in moist, lime-free soil that is well drained.

Wildlife

Berries are enjoyed by both humans and birds.

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