Description: Deciduous, spring-flowering, small, native tree Clusters of pure white flowers in spring as the leaves emerge, giving the plant a light, airy appearance; edible purple-black fruit in early summer; bright red to orange leaves in autumn
Habit: Small, typically multi-trunked tree grows 15-25 feet high and wide; can also be grown as a large shrub for hedges and screens
Culture: Prefers full sun to light shade and moist, rich loam with added organic matter
Hardiness: USDA Zones 4 through 8
Origin: North America
Attributes: Edible fruit, good fall color
The origins of this small North American tree are still in debate, but it is thought to be either a distinct species or a naturally occurring hybrid, possibly of A. laevis and A. canadensis. Amelanchier lamarckii is quite similar to A. laevis, except that A. lamarckii has silky hairs covering its young stems and leaves. The edible Amelanchier berries were long used by Native American tribes as an ingredient of pemmican, an important light-weight, high-energy food. The fruits are attractive to birds.
Arrives in a 1.5 gallon pot.