Amelanchier lamarckii (Juneberry)

It’s not surprising that these Juneberry Trees are so popular. They’ve been in cultivation in Britain for (possibly) three centuries and are as indestructible as a plant can get. Plus masses of white flowers, good autumn colour and – with a bit of Creative Maintenance – great elegance.

Because of their popularity and the associated hybridization that tends to go with popularity, the exact identification and provenance of this genus causes mighty confusion (one of this species’ many names during the 19th century was A. confusa). This is thought to have originated in North America but then became naturalized in parts of France.

Any reasonably well drained soil (it’s really not fussy) and enough space to show off its lovely shape. Sun or light shade.

Propagated from cuttings.

N.B. When clipping several plants with the same tool, have a bucket containing a 5% bleach solution and swish your blades around for 30 seconds between plants to sterilise them. This will help avoid the chance of cross contamination of disease.

As with all woody plants, plant high, exposing as much of the taper at the base of the trunk as possible. Allowing soil to accumulate round the base of a tree can be fatal. Keep very well watered when first planted.

 

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Hardy anywhere in Britain below approximately 1000ft (300m)

This is only meant as a guide. Please remember we're always on hand to give advice about plants and their frost hardiness.

Please remember that these coloured labels are only a rough guide.

General Point about Plant Hardiness: The commonly held belief that it's better to 'plant small' is perfectly true with herbaceous plants, but not necessarily true with woody plants. They need some 'wood' on them to survive severe cold - so plants of marginal hardiness in very cold areas should really be planted LARGER, rather than smaller, wherever possible.

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