A medium to large, bushy, deciduous and upright shrub or small tree of open habit, that can sucker and form small colonies. Bronze-tinged young leaves that are oval or circular in shape turn orange and red in autumn. Five-petalled, white flowers about 2-3cm across, appear in spring as the leaves unfurl and expand. The fruits are small, red-purple to blue-purple berries about 10mm in diameter, closely resemble a blueberry, and are often eaten by birds and squirrels.
Other common namesalder-leaved serviceberry
Ultimate height4–8 metres
Time to ultimate height10–20 years
Ultimate spread2.5–4 metres
MoistureWell–drained, Moist but well–drained
Colour & scent
|Summer||Green||Green Red Purple|
|Autumn||Red Orange Yellow||Purple Red Blue|
|Winter||Purple Black Blue|
- Full sun
- Partial shade
East–facing or North–facing or South–facing or West–facing
ExposureExposed or Sheltered
- Native to the UK
- Suckering, Columnar upright
Amelanchier are small deciduous trees or shrubs with showy white flowers in early spring, red to purple fruits and often good autumn colour
- Name status
- Plant range
- NW N America
How to grow
Grow in moist, lime-free, well-drained soil in sun or part shade. The best autumn colour is achieved when grown in full sun. Fruits are enjoyed by birds.
Suggested planting locations and garden types
- Cottage and informal garden
- City and courtyard gardens
- Low Maintenance
- Hedging and screens
May be susceptible to fireblight. In dry soil conditions or strong winds, may be susceptible to leaf scorch.
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