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Amelanchier lamarckii

This North American species of Amelanchier has perhaps the most glorious and exuberant autumn leaf colours of any Amelanchier. In a good autumn (with warm days and cold nights) the leaves should take on a bright orange and coral red colours.

The tree is also very attractive in spring. Clusters of flower buds appear in March, gradually opening to large single white flowers which cover the bare branches.  The leaves emerge after the flowers, initially a coppery brown, then turning green for the summer.

Fruitlets quickly form from the flowers, and by June there is usually a reasonable crop of blue/black berries.  These are edible, but also attractive to birds.

Amelanchier lamarckii tends to grow with a very broad spreading bush-like habit.

Amelanchier lamarckii amelanchier trees for sale

  • 11-year bare-root tree £24.95
    Large size (3m-5m after 10 years)
    Out of stock
  • 22-year pot-grown tree £44.95
    In a 12L pot
    Large size (3m-5m after 10 years)
    Out of stock

History

The species Amelanchier lamarckii most likely originates from North America but there is much confusion about where it fits into the genus Amelanchier, as it is very similar to Amelanchier canadensis and Amelanchier laevis, and may be a hybrid of those species.

Amelanchier lamarckii characteristics

  • Growing

    • Awards:RHS Award of Garden Merit
    • Gardening skill:Beginner
    • Attractive features:Attractive flowersAutumn foliage colour
    • Growth habit:Upright-spreading
    • Height after 10 years:3m-5m / 10ft-16ft
    • Flower colour:White
    • Flowering month:April
    • Flower form:Single flower (5-8 petals)
    • Leaf colour - autumn:Orange / Red
    • Leaf colour - summer:Green
    • Leaf/Flower sequence:Flowers appear first
    • Fruit colour:BlackPurple
  • Identification

    • Country of origin:United States
    • Annual cycle:Deciduous
  • Using

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