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Amelanchier canadensis

Service berry

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  • Amelanchier canadensis | Copyright Greenplantswap 2018
  • Amelanchier canadensis | Copyright Greenplantswap 2018

Features

  • BloomsMarch to July
  • Height2m to 6.5m
  • Spread2.5m to 3.5m
  • Growth HabitUpright oval
  • Flower ColourWhite
  • Leaf ColourCopper, green, orange, red

Description

Amelanchier canadensis (Service berry). This is a large deciduous shrub which can be trained to grow as a small tree. This species will provide colour and interest for your garden throughout most of the year. The young foliage is a coppery-bronze and changes to dark green by summer and then to orange and red in autumn. The flowers are white with red eyes; they will appear in the spring and are followed by edible fruits.

Characteristics

Woody perennial, Deciduous, Shrub or Tree

Origin

Eastern North America

Interest and use

Ornamental, fruit, bog, hedging with good autumn colour.

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Needs

  • LightFull sun
  • HardinessFully hardy (min -15°C)
  • SoilClay, Heavy, Light, Medium
  • Soil pH5.0 to 7.0
  • WaterMoist

Cultivation

Grow in bog conditions or soil that is constantly moist and organically rich. Snowy Mespilus may be grown in full sun or partial shade. It is suckering.

Propagation

By seed when it is 'green' i.e. the seed coat hasn't yet hardened. Also layering and division of the suckers.

Pests, diseases or disorders

Fireblight can be problematic.

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