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Snowflakes

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.

Amelanchier laevis

Snowflakes amelanchier trees for sale

  • 3-year pot-grown tree £44.95
    In a 12L pot
    Large size (3m-5m after 10 years)
    Out of stock

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

  • Growing

    • Gardening skill:Beginner
    • Attractive features:Attractive flowersAttractive foliageAutumn foliage colour
    • Growth habit:Upright-spreading
    • Height after 10 years:3m-5m / 10ft-16ft
    • Flower colour:White
    • Flowering month:April
    • Leaf colour - autumn:Orange / Red
    • Leaf colour - summer:Green
    • Leaf/Flower sequence:Flowers appear first
    • Fruit colour:Blue - dark
    • Sunlight:Some shade
    • Pruning:Prune after flowering
    • Growth rate:Average
    • Site conditions:Occasional flooding
  • Identification

    • Annual cycle:Deciduous
  • Using

    • Wildlife:Attractive to birds
    • Fruit persistence:Ripens over a period