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Amelanchier (I am curious)

MeomyeMeomye Posts: 849
I have noticed Amelanchier being featured a lot recently on gardening programmes as the 'must have' small tree. I am curious which variety people own and what they like about them. I personally would like one of the shorter types and would love to know some of your recommendations. Also does anyone have successful container grown types. T i a    


  • AchtungAchtung Posts: 159
    edited May 2019
    I have an Amelanchier Lamarcki which grows to about 12 metres. There is also Canadensis and Ballerina which grow to about 8 metres. They are beautiful plants, they have lovely early spring blossom, delicious berries (if you can get to them before the birds) and finally an absolutely spectacular display of autumn colour. . We get so many comments about ours. Sorry I don't know about growing them in pots. 
  • KeenOnGreenKeenOnGreen Posts: 1,791
    A. Obelisk is a smaller variety with a column-like habit.  Read an article by an Amelanchier specialist years ago and he said Robin Hill had the best Autumn colour 
  • AnniDAnniD Posts: 11,436
    We have an amelanchier that was planted by the developer 30 years ago. It has marked the changing of the seasons for all that time. I couldn't tell you for certain which variety it is, but so many people have commented on it over the years, and as has been said above, the birds love it.
  • AchtungAchtung Posts: 159
    Wow 30 years! Mine is 2! How tall is yours after all that time Anni? 
  • FireFire Posts: 17,116
    I would go for Robin Hill too.
  • AnniDAnniD Posts: 11,436
    Achtung, l would say it's around 20 feet high.
  • FireFire Posts: 17,116
    When my elder goes down, I will go for a Robin Hill.
  • AchtungAchtung Posts: 159
    AnniD said:
    Achtung, l would say it's around 20 feet high.
    Then I would think Its A. Canadensis. Lamarcki would be higher and I'm not sure if Ballerina was around 30 years ago, might be wrong! Didn't know about Robin Hill before today. 

  • Lizzie27Lizzie27 Posts: 11,189
    I've got Ballerina but it's only 3-4 years old and about 6 ft high (I think). Might well have planted it in the wrong place as now getting overshadowed by a much taller red maple (not mine) but it will have to stay there as it will be impossible to dig it up.
    North East Somerset - Clay soil over limestone
  • NollieNollie Posts: 7,053
    I see GW website, in its current feature on small trees suitable for pots, recommend an Amelanchier Lamarkii for such a purpose. Is that really feasible?
    Mind you, they also recommend Cupressus Sempervirens (tuscan cypress) which seems ridiculous- you would need one hell of a pot! The illustration however, looks suspiciously like the smaller cupressus macrocarpa goldcrest.
    Mountainous Northern Catalunya, Spain. Hot summers, cold winters.
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