Which is the best amelanchier for a small garden?

Asked by: Dr. Branson Baumbach
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Amelanchier, the Juneberry or Snowy Mespilus
Amelanchier is a lovely small tree that is considered by most to be an outstanding choice for small gardens. There are at least 10 different varieties including 'Robin Hill' and 'Ballerina'. They all have lovely autumn colour, spring flowers and fruit too.

How far apart should you plant Amelanchier trees?

Planting Amelanchier

Amelanchier prefers rather rich, deep and well-drained soil, but any type of garden soil can do. It's not a very picky tree. It loves full sun and even part sun. If part of a hedge, keep a distance of around 6 ½ feet (2 meters) between shrubs.

Does Amelanchier like shade?

Amelanchier lamarckii is a beautiful, small, North American tree offering year-round interest, even in winter when its spreading crown of fine shoots makes a satisfying, dense, shrubby shape. ... Grow Amelanchier lamarckii in moist but well-drained neutral to acid soil, in full sun to partial shade.

Is there a dwarf Liquidambar tree?

A dwarf cultivar of the North American native deciduous tree Liquidambar Styraciflua it was discovered in Tennessee in 1965 and grafted onto a clear stem to create an attractive round crown.

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Can you keep a liquid amber tree small?

It bears attractive, cork-like bark and maple-like leaves which take on glorious and long-lasting autumn colours. Despite growing to an eventual height of 25m, it responds well to pruning, and is therefore an excellent choice for small gardens.

What can I plant under Amelanchier?

Amelanchier tree underplanted with buxus, geraniums, ferns, epimedium, pulmonaria, sweet woodruff, lilies. Amelanchier tree underplanted with buxus, geraniums, ferns, epimedium, pulmonaria, sweet woodruff, lilies.

Can you keep an Amelanchier small?

Amelanchier Alnifolia 'Obelisk'

All this on a stunning, branching mini tree that won't grow more than 4m tall and barely over 1m wide, so small it can even be grown in a patio pot. There's a good reason why they are guaranteed to grace half the entries in the “small garden” category at Chelsea Flower Show every year.

Is Amelanchier Lamarckii good for wildlife?

The right tree will bring height, seasonal interest and, with that, a snack or two for wildlife. I recently watched a blackbird go dizzy with excitement when a juneberry, Amelanchier lamarckii, was planted in a London front garden, realising it was in for a treat with all those dark, lustrous berries to eat.

How do you shape an Amelanchier?

Amelanchier (snowy mespilus)

As specimens mature they may need renovating by cutting out one-in-three stems, starting with the oldest. After a three-year period, the whole shrub will have been rejuvenated. Amelanchier lamarckii can also be trained as a single stemmed tree. No routine pruning is necessary.

How much sun does a serviceberry need?

Serviceberry trees need at least 4 hours of direct sun each day. They can tolerate partial shade, so you can plant them in a yard with larger trees or at the edge of a woodland and they'll still get enough light. They need moist, well-drained, acidic soil, but they tolerate a wide range of soils.

When can I plant Amelanchier?

Planting and Growing Amelanchier

Usually purchased as a container grown plants that can be planted any reasonable time of the year but October and November are the best months to plant.

Which Amelanchier is best?

Here are some of the best-selling varieties of Amelanchier trees in the United Kingdom:
  • Amelanchier Lamarckii. ...
  • Amelanchier Canadensis Rainbow Pillar. ...
  • Amelanchier Laevis Snowflakes. ...
  • Amelanchier Grandiflora Ballerina. ...
  • Amelanchier Arborea Robin Hill. ...
  • Amelanchier Alnifolia Obelisk.

When should Amelanchier be pruned?

Only prune in early spring before the plant leafs out. Normally grown as a multi stem tree the number of desired stems should be determined early in the plants development and worked toward while the plant is still young. Crossing, badly formed or damaged branches should be removed back to a main branch.

Is Amelanchier an evergreen?

Amelanchier – the tree to replace net curtains

Amelanchier is deciduous and loses its leaves in winter – but, on the other hand, you probably keep your curtains closed for longer in winter. Amelanchier has a 'vase' shape and its glorious colour makes it a good privacy tree.

Why is my Amelanchier not flowering?

Location may possibly be the problem – although it will tolerate semi-shade, it fares best if given a reasonable amount of sun so that the flowering wood ripens well. If you moved your tree to a sunnier spot, it may take a year or two to settle in before flowering.

How do you prune Amelanchier UK?

Amelanchier (snowy mespilus)

Damaged, misplaced and diseased stems should be removed, with the remained thinned out if necessary. As specimens mature they may need renovating by cutting out one-in-three stems, starting with the oldest. After a three-year period, the whole shrub will have been rejuvenated.

Is Amelanchier a tree or shrub?

Amelanchier, to use it Latin name, is a genus of approximately 20 species of deciduous trees and shrubs. They are native to the Northern Hemisphere, with many species originating from North America.

What can I grow under trees?

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  • Bloodroot. ...
  • Primroses. ...
  • Bluebells. ...
  • Epimedium.

How fast does Amelanchier ballerina grow?

Expect a height and spread of 4 x 4 metres in 20 years.

Are liquid amber trees fast growing?

A fast growing tree species. Liquid Ambers prefer a position in full sun. Pruning will spoil their natural shape so avoid this if you can.

Should liquid amber trees be pruned?

The liquidambar is a tree for big backyards, anchoring its 75-foot mature height with wide spreading roots. If you have sufficient space for its lofty pyramid habit and don't mind raking up the fallen leaves, the tree is easy-maintenance. Little pruning is required.

How do you shape a liquid amber tree?

At the time of planting, you should only prune liquidambar to remove damaged twigs. These branches should be pruned back to the trunk. As the young tree grows over the next three to four years, prune it into the desired shape through light pruning in late winter.