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Amelanchier ovalis

Snowy mespilus

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Features

  • BloomsApril to May
  • Height2m to 4m
  • Growth HabitHemi-spherical
  • Flower ColourWhite
  • Leaf ColourMid green, copper-orange

Description

Amelanchier ovalis (Snowy mespilus). This is a deciduous shrub which grows to about 3m tall. The new growth of oval leaves is covered in hairs, but the leaves are soon smooth, and turn mid green in the summer, shades of coppery orange in the autumn. In the spring, white flowers appear and are followed by bluish fruits which are edible.

Characteristics

Woody perennial, Deciduous, Fragrant

Origin

C. and S. Europe, N. Africa, Middle East.

Interest and use

Ornamental for both foliage and flowers but also grown for its fruits which are edible raw or cooked.

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Needs

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

Cultivation

Fully hardy. Requires sun or semi-shade and well drained but not too dry, preferably neutral to acid soil.

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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