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botanical name:
Amelanchier lamarckii
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common name:  Snowy Mespilus, June berry
synonyms:  Amelanchier x lamarckii, Amelanchier botryapium
family:  Rosaceae
characteristics: tree
height: 8.00m
width: 8.00m
growth rate: medium
growth habit: bushy
leaf colour: green
flower colour: white
fruit colour: black
stem/bark: brown
main season: Spring
edible symbol edible
aspect: full sun, part shade
conditions: moist soil, wet/waterlogged soil, clay soil, sandy soil
preferred soil pH: neutral-acid
minimum temp: -23°C
USDA zone: 6 to 9
Large shrub or small, often multi-stemmed tree. Generally a little larger in both size and leaf than some of the other commonly grown species. Alternate, oval to oblong, deep green leaves which are coppery-red and silky-haired when young. Orange and red autumn foliage colour. Masses of white blossom in spring, held in lax, drooping racemes. Edible purple-black fruits follow.

Fairly tolerant of most soil conditions but develops best autumn colour when grown on neutral to acid soil. Thrives in moist or even wet conditions. Sun or part shade. Grows at about 60cm per year once established.

Prune during winter or alternatively in late spring after flowering.

From seed, greenwood or semi-ripe cuttings in summer.

Excellent and adaptable species for large shrub borders, parkland plantings and urban landscaping. Can be trained as hedging.

other notes:
Of uncertain original and possibly a natural hybrid. Widely naturalised in Europe, including parts of Britain.
Often confused with A. arborea, A. leavis and A. canadensis.

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