Sun exposure:
Full sun, partial shade
East facing, south facing, west facing
Position in border:
Back, middle


Acidic / Well Drained / Light / Sandy

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 and wildlife

Amelanchier is known for attracting bees and birds. It has nectar/pollen rich flowers and has seeds for birds.

Is known to attract Bees
Is not known to attract Beneficial insects
Beneficial insects
Is known to attract Birds
Is not known to attract Butterflies/​Moths
Is not known to attract Other pollinators
Other pollinators

Is Amelanchier poisonous?

Amelanchier has no toxic effects reported.

No reported toxicity to:
Is not known to attract Birds
Is not known to attract Cats
Is not known to attract Dogs
Is not known to attract Horses
Is not known to attract Livestock
Is not known to attract People