is a deciduous shrub or small tree in the rose family. Native to North America and ranging from Alaska to the Rocky Mountains of Colorado, it is known by many names; snowy mespilus, Juneberry, serviceberry, shadblow and shadbush and is one of about 20 species of Amelanchier
. In its natural habitat it can be found growing along woodland margins or beneath larger trees, forming a shrub layer.
This AGM-winning plant
looks great in all seasons. Initially white star-shaped flowers erupt through bronze-tinted leaves, then in summer these leaves mature to a vibrant acid green, together with purple fruits. It has fiery autumn colour, its leaves turning bright red, orange and gold.
is primarily a woodland plant and looks at its best when dotted through a deciduous woodland or naturalistic garden. Take a walk through a woodland garden in early spring - it’s a real treat to see these elegant trees dripping with dazzling white flowers sharing the stage with early-flowering rhododendrons and Cornelian cherries
, underplanted with carpets of spring flowering bulbs.
As a small specimen tree Amelanchier lamarckii
is agreeably manageable, reaching 4-5m (13-16ft) in 10 years. However it does have
a slight drawback in that it does not have a definite habit: it suckers from the base, meaning it will quickly revert to a shrubby, multistemmed habit if not pruned to encourage a clean trunk. So gardeners are faced with a choice - relax and plant your amelanchiers among other trees and shrubs so their lax habit no longer becomes an issue, or prune carefully every year to maintain a clear stem.
If you are looking to plant a naturalistic style garden, or woodland garden; for a tree that looks good in all seasons, tolerant of a wide range of soil conditions and you are limited for space, then this may be the ideal tree for you.
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