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Amelanchier laevis

Allegheny service berry

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Features

  • BloomsApril to July
  • Height5m to 7m
  • Spread4m to 6m
  • Growth HabitHemi-spherical
  • Flower ColourWhite
  • Leaf ColourBronze white

Description

Amelanchier laevis (Allegheny service berry). This is a deciduous tree, grown as a shrub. The shape of the leaves is elliptic and nearly ovate and their new growth is brown-purple. In the late spring, white fragrant, 5-petalled flowers appear.

Characteristics

Woody perennial, Deciduous, Fragrant

Origin

N. America

Interest and use

Hedging, with good autumn colour. The fruit is very tasty and can be enjoyed raw or cooked. The wood is very hard, with a fine grain and is suitable for tool handles, engraving and cabinet making.

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Needs

  • LightFull sun
  • HardinessFully hardy (min -15°C)
  • SoilClay, Heavy, Well drained, Light, Medium
  • WaterMoist

Cultivation

It is suckering. Grow in a sheltered position.

Propagation

Propagate in autumn by seed, in late autumn to early spring by layering or in the case of suckering species, by division.

Pests, diseases or disorders

Fireblight can be problematic.

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