Amelanchier canadensis 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.
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 trees for sale
3-year Rainbow Pillar tree - in a 12L pot
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What will it look like?
Illustrative example of a pot-grown tree of this variety as supplied.
(Approx. girth: 6/8).
Trees should reach their mature height after about 10 or more years.
Leaves may not be present during winter, and we may prune some shoots to fit the delivery carton. Size may vary during the season and between batches.
The container (if supplied) is only used for transporting the tree, which should then be planted out in the garden or in a much larger patio planter (not all species are suitable for patio planting).
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.
Rainbow Pillar characteristics
- Attractive features:
Attractive flowers Autumn foliage colour Scented flowers
- Height 10 years:
2.5m-3.5m / 8ft-12ft
- Growth habit:
- Growth rate:
- Site conditions:
Prefers full sun Some shade
- Disease resistance:
- Gardening skill:
Suitable for beginners
- Country of origin:
- Leaf/Flower sequence:
Flowers appear first
- Annual cycle:
- Fruit persistence:
Ripens over a period
Attractive to birds