Amelanchier lamarckii

Amelanchier lamarckii

Snowy mespilus

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Key Information

  • Botanical name: Amelanchier lamarckii
  • Common name: Snowy mespilus
  • Plant type: Shrub
  • Evergreen/Deciduous: Deciduous

Height: 10m

Spread: 12m

Flower colour:
  • White
Foliage colour:
  • Green
  • Features: Attractive to wildlife, Autumn colour, Dramatic foliage, Flowers, Fruit

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Amelanchier lamarckii is a beautiful, small, North American tree offering year-round interest, even in winter when its spreading crown of fine shoots makes a satisfying, dense, shrubby shape. In March the branches erupt with a froth of star-shaped flowers in lax conical heads, just as the coppery pink young leaves unfold; in summer these become yellow-green, but later turn scarlet and crimson before falling. In July the tree is studded with dark red berries which become purple-black as they ripen. The Royal Horticultural Society has given it its Award of Garden Merit (AGM).

Grow Amelanchier lamarckii in moist but well-drained neutral to acid soil, in full sun to partial shade.

Position

  • Sun exposure: Full sun, Dappled shade, Partial shade
  • Aspect: South facing, West facing
  • Position in border: Back
  • Hardiness: Hardy
  • Maintenance: Prefers rich soil
  • Soil type: Well drained/light/sandy, Clay/heavy/moist, Acidic

Wildlife

Attracts:
  • Bees

  • Beneficial insects

  • Birds

  • Butterflies / Moths

  • Other pollinators

  • Wildlife features: Nectar/pollen rich flowers

Care routine

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Toxicity

Toxic to:
  • People

  • Cats

  • Dogs

  • Birds

  • Horses

  • Livestock

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