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Snowflakes

Amelanchier laevis

Snowflakes is a popular Amelanchier, named for its large single white flowers, which do indeed resemble flakes of snow on an early spring day.

The new leaves are initially copper-coloured, but turn green over the summer and then take on attractive autumn tints.

The small blue/black fruits are edible but best left to the birds - Snow Flakes is grown primarily for its ornamental features.

Snowflakes amelanchier trees for sale

  • 12-year pot-grown tree £54.95
    In a 7L pot
    Large size (3m-5m after 10 years)
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  • 23-year pot-grown tree £59.00
    In a 12L pot
    Large size (3m-5m after 10 years)
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How to grow

Snowflakes is a large shrub / small tree, and grows best in moist neutral or slightly acidic soils, with some shade.  In good conditions it can reach up to 5m, with a spread of up to 4m.

It is easy to grow, but watch out for aphids in early spring and remove them promptly (by squashing or with a hose).

History

The species Amelanchier laevis is native to the eastern areas of North America.

Snowflakes characteristics

  • Gardening skillBeginner
  • Attractive featuresAttractive flowersAttractive foliageAutumn foliage colour
  • Growth habitUpright-spreading / Vase
  • Height after 10 years3m-5m / 10ft-16ft
  • SunlightSome shade
  • PruningPrune after flowering
  • Growth rateAverage
  • Site conditionsOccasional flooding
  • WildlifeAttractive to birds
  • Flower colourWhite
  • Flowering monthApril
  • Leaf colourGreen
  • Leaf colour - autumnOrange / Red
  • Leaf/Flower sequenceFlowers appear first
  • Fruit colourBlue - dark
  • Fruit persistenceRipens over a period
  • Annual cycleDeciduous