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Rainbow Pillar®

Rainbow Pillar is named for its columnar appearance and the rainbow-like colours of the leaves in autumn. As well as the red, orange, and yellow hues often found in Amelanchiers in autumn, there will usually still be some green leaves remaining.

The spring blossom consists of relatively large pure white single flowers borne in upright clusters, which appear before the leaves.

Small black berries arrive later in the summer, and are edible or can be used in the kitchen - although other species of Amelanchier may be more productive.

Amelanchier canadensis

Rainbow Pillar 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

As the name suggests, Rainbow Pillar has a naturally upright form. It is less tree-like than some other Amelanchiers, and tends to grow with a dense branching bush-like habit.

It may become multi-stemmed in the longer term, and can be used for hedging.

For best results, grow in full sun.

History

This Amelanchier was raised by Edward Losely of Losely Nursery in Ohio, USA and released in the 1990s. The cultivar name is 'Glenn Form', but it is marketed as 'Rainbow Pillar'.

It belongs to the species Amelanchier canadensis (the Canadian Snowy Mespilus). 

Rainbow Pillar characteristics

  • Growing

    • Gardening skill:Beginner
    • Attractive features:Attractive flowersAutumn foliage colourScented flowers
    • Growth habit:Upright-spreading
    • Height after 10 years:3m-5m / 10ft-16ft
    • Leaf/Flower sequence:Flowers appear first
    • Sunlight:Prefers full sunSome shade
    • Growth rate:Average
    • Site conditions:Occasional flooding
  • Identification

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

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

What will it look like?

Illustrative example of a pot-grown tree of this variety as supplied. Approximate girth: 6/8cm. Trees should reach their mature height after about 10 or more years.

Amelanchier Can Rainbow Pillar juneberry