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Amelanchier alnifolia 'Obelisk'PBR

alder-leaved serviceberry 'Obelisk'

'Obelisk' is a small, very slender tree or large shrub with upswept branches and bronze young leaves, maturing to green then orange-yellow in autumn. Dense, terminal racemes of pure-white flowers, with green centres, are produced in abundance in mid-spring and followed by edible scarlet fruits, maturing to black

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Size
Ultimate height
4–8 metres
Time to ultimate height
5–10 years
Ultimate spread
1–1.5 metres
Growing conditions
Loam
Sand
Moisture
Moist but well–drained, Well–drained
pH
Acid, Neutral
Colour & scent
StemFlowerFoliageFruit
Spring White Bronze
Summer Green Purple Red
Autumn Orange Yellow Black
Winter
Position
  • Full sun
  • Partial shade
Aspect

South–facing or West–facing or North–facing or East–facing

Exposure
Exposed or Sheltered
Hardiness
H7
Botanical details
Family
Rosaceae
Native to the UK
No
Foliage
Deciduous
Habit
Bushy
Genus

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

Accepted

How to grow

Cultivation

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

Propagation

Propagate by softwood cuttings or semi-ripe cuttings in summer or layering

Suggested planting locations and garden types
  • Architectural
  • City and courtyard gardens
  • Cottage and informal garden
  • Wildlife gardens
  • Hedging and screens
Pruning

Pruning group 1

Pests

Generally pest free

Diseases

Susceptible to fireblight and leaf scorch in dry soil conditions or strong winds may be problematic

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