Amelanchier alnifolia Smoky

  • Flowering month: April
  • Flower colour: White
  • Leaf colour - autumn: Orange / Red

Most Amelanchiers produce a reasonable crop of small fruits, similar to blueberries, but the flavour and cropping of the ornamental varieties can be variable.

The species Amelanchier alnifolia (often known as the Saskatoon tree) is the one to choose if your main interest is in the fruits.  Smoky is one of the most popular commercial varieties of this species, known for heavy production of sweet-tasting fruits.

Smoky still offers some ornamental value - it has the characteristic snow-white flowers in early spring, and there should be some autumnal colours in the leaves.

Smoky is the most widely-grown commercial Saskatoon variety, and comes from the Smoky river area of Canada.

Smoky trees for sale

Item
Height in 10 years
Price inc. VAT
Quantity
3-year Smoky tree - in a 7L pot
1.5m-2.5m tall after 10 years
£21.95
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How to grow

Smoky grows as a large shrub / small tree, probably reaching about 2m or so in UK conditions. To maximise fruit production keep the tree well watered, and maintain a weed-free area around the base. It is not necessary to prune for the first 5 years, but after that prune out some of the older branches to encourage newer shoots which will be more fruitful.

Smoky characteristics

Growing

  • Height 10 years: 1.5m-2.5m / 5ft-8ft
  • Growth habit: Upright-spreading
  • Growth rate: Average
  • Vigour: Average vigour
  • Site conditions: Free-draining site
  • Sunlight: Prefers full sun
  • Pruning: No need to prune
  • Gardening skill: Suitable for beginners

Identification

  • Country of origin: Canada
  • Flowering month: April
  • Flower colour: White
  • Leaf colour: Green
  • Leaf colour - autumn: Orange / Red
  • Fruit colour: Blue - dark
  • Fruit size: Average
  • Annual cycle: Deciduous

Using

  • Fruit persistence: Ripens over a period
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