• AGM plants

    AGM plants have been through a rigorous trial and assessment programme. They are:

    • Excellent for ordinary use in appropriate conditions
    • Available to buy
    • Of good constitution
    • Essentially stable in form & colour
    • Reasonably resistant to pests & diseases

Amelanchier × grandiflora 'Cole's Select'

serviceberry 'Cole's Select'

serviceberry 'Cole's Select'

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  • Other common names serviceberry 'Cole's Select'

  • Synonyms Amelanchier laevis 'Cole'

  • Family Rosaceae

  • Genus Amelanchier are small deciduous trees or shrubs with showy white flowers in early spring, red to purple fruits and often good autumn colour

  • Details 'Cole's Select' is a vigorous, multi-stemmed tree or shrub, up to 8m high, with light grey bark and ovate leaves, up to 8cm long, which open bronze in early spring, become shiny, dark green in late spring and turn vivid orange and red in autumn. Hanging clusters of starry white flowers in mid-spring are followed in late summer by edible juicy blue-black fruits

Characteristics

  • Foliage Deciduous

  • Habit Spreading / Branched

  • Hardiness

    Hardiness ratings

    All ratings refer to the UK growing conditions unless otherwise stated. Minimum temperature ranges (in degrees C) are shown in brackets

    • H1a - Under glass all year (>15C)
    • H1b - Can be grown outside in the summer (10 - 15)
    • H1c - Can be grown outside in the summer (5 - 10)
    • H2 - Tolerant of low temperatures, but not surviving being frozen (1 to 5)
    • H3 - Hardy in coastal and relatively mild parts of the UK (-5 to 1)
    • H4 - Hardy through most of the UK (-10 to -5)
    • H5 - Hardy in most places throughout the UK even in severe winters (-15 to -10)
    • H6 - Hardy in all of UK and northern Europe (-20 to -15)
    • H7 - Hardy in the severest European continental climates (< -20)

    H7

Colour

Sunlight

  • Full Sun

  • Partial Shade

  • Aspect South-facing or West-facing or East-facing or North-facing

  • Exposure Sheltered or Exposed

Soil

  • Loam

    Loam

  • Sand

    Sand

  • Clay

    Clay

  • MoistureMoist but well-drained

  • SoilLoam, Sand, Clay

  • pHNeutral, Acid

Size

  • Ultimate height 4-8 metres

  • Ultimate spread 4-8 metres

  • Time to ultimate height 10-20 years

How to grow

Cultivation Grow in moist, well-drained, lime-free soil; will grow in sun or partial shade but autumn colour will be brightest in full sun

Propagation Propagate by layering, or by semi-ripe cuttings in summer

Suggested planting locations and garden types Hedging & Screens Flower borders and beds Low Maintenance Cottage & Informal Garden City & Courtyard Gardens Wildlife Gardens

How to care

Pruning Pruning group 1

Pests Generally pest free

Diseases Generally disease free but may be affected by fireblight

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