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Alemanchier trees

I am a novice gardener, any advice would be much appreciated. I have been doing lots of research and would really like an Alemanchier tree in my garden. I wondered  if it possible to prune the trees to restrict their growth, possibly to about 3 meters in height. Or should I look for a naturally smaller Alemanchier variety? 


  • Butterfly66Butterfly66 Posts: 882
    Personally I think would be better looking for a smaller variety as keeping its height restricted might result in an unnatural shape which looks unattractive. 3 metres is very small for any tree any reason for not wanting it to grow any taller?
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  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Posts: 83,721
    I have a multistemmed Amelanchier lamarckii and I plan to take out the tallest stem or two if it starts to get too tall ... a sort of ‘slow coppicing’. That way o won’t be spoiling the elegant shape by lopping chunks off branches. 

    Gardening in Central Norfolk on improved gritty moraine over chalk ... free-draining.

  • madpenguinmadpenguin Posts: 2,497
    I have Amelanchier canadensis growing as a small tree (eventually!).
    After 10 years it is only just about 2 metres tall.
    Because it as a twiggy sort of tree it is easy just to cut off anything that gets too long or pokes you in the eye.
    Never needs a hard prune.
    Very well behaved and ideal for a small garden.
    “Every day is ordinary, until it isn't.” - Bernard Cornwell-Death of Kings
  • Thanks for your responses. Perhaps 3 meters was a little small for my initial estimation, it's hard to judge when you are trying to visualise an imaginary tree! Those varieties sound promising, thank you for your suggestions.

  • Try tying bamboo canes together to the height you want, push it in the ground where you want the tree to grow then stand back to view.
  • Good idea. I shall try that today.
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