Amelanchier trees are small trees or shrubs, loved for their masses of star-shaped, spring flowers and intense autumn colour. They also bear edible berries, which are used in mufins and pancakes, and which are loved by birds. Due to their compact size and interest over several seasons, they make excellent trees for small gardens.
Amelanchier canadensis has more of a shrub-like form than other species, with upright blossoms. It bears white, star-shaped flowers in March and April, followed by bronze-tipped foliage which matures to a fresh green, before turning glorious shades of red and orange before falling in autumn. It's perfect for using as a loose hedge or screen.
Grow Amelanchier canadensis in moist but well-drained, neutral to acidic soil in full sun to partial shade. A sunnier spot will result in the best autumn colour.. There's usually very little need to prune amelanchiers, but you may wish to trim to shape in late winter.
Advice on buying Amelanchier canadensis
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- Amelanchier canadensis may be available from your local garden centre or nursery, but you will have more options online
- Always check plants for signs of damage or disease before planting
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