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Tolerances

Wet Soil: High

Dry Soil: High

Lime: Low

Amelanchier lamarckii, commonly known as Snowy Mespilus or Juneberry, is a deciduous tree or large shrub that is native to North America. It makes a wonderful multi-stem and is smaller and more natural looking than the ‘Robin Hill’. This tree has gained popularity as an ornamental tree due to its beautiful spring blooms, attractive foliage and edible berries.

In early spring, Amelanchier lamarckii showcases an outstanding floral display. Clusters of delicate, star-shaped flowers emerge before leaves, covering the tree in a profusion of white and pale pink blossoms. These blossoms are rich in nectar and pollen and are extremely attractive to pollinators such as bees and butterflies. Following the flowering period, leaves begin to unfurl. The foliage emerges oval-shaped and bronze tinged. These gradually mature to a vibrant green in summer, turning stunning shades of orange, red and gold in the autumn. Another notable feature of the Amelanchier lamarckii is its small round berries. These are initially green but ripen to a deep red-purple in late summer. They are edible, have a sweet flavour and are often used in jams.

Overall, Amelanchier lamarckii is a stunning deciduous compact tree with a lovely spring blossom, attractive foliage and delicious berries. Its beauty and ecological benefits make it a popular choice for many.

 

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Size

Small

7m high x 4m wide after 25 years

Environment

Well suited for parks and urban landscapes where it adds charm and beauty throughout the year.

Canopy

Rounded or vase shaped crown. Multiple slender trunks with smooth, greyish-brown bark that develops distinct horizonal lines over time.

Foliage

Leaves are oval shaped and bronze tinted when they first emerge. In summer they become a soft green and turn orange/red in autumn.

Flowers

Clusters of delicate star shaped flowers emerge before leaves.

Fruit

Small round berries in summer. These are initially green but ripen to a red-purple in late summer.

Wildlife

Will thrive in a variety of soil types particularly well drained and most neutral to acidic soil. Can tolerate both full sun and partial shade. It’s relatively low maintenance and resistant to many common diseases and pests.

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