February 1, 2023
Amelanchier lamarckii

Amelanchier lamarckii is a deciduous shrub or a small tree. It is part of the Rosaceae family of plants. It is also known as Amelanchier botryapium  (L. f.) Borkh., Amelanchier canadensis K. Koch, Snowy Amelanchier laevis, Mespilus, Serviceberry, Shadblow, Shadbrush, Sarvisberry, Sugarplum, Wild-plum, or Juneberry. It is native to North America. It is a hardy plant and adapts to difficult conditions.

Amelanchier lamarckii - Juneberry
Amelanchier lamarckii or Juneberry

The foliage on Amelanchier lamarckii is bronze-colored. It turns reddish in autumn. The flowers are white. They are fragrant. Amelanchier lamarckii flowers in spring as the leaves unfurl. After flowering dark purple berries are produced. Berries are either consumed by birds or they are made into jams and jellies. This plant can grow from 8 to 12m or 24 to 36ft high.

Amelanchier lamarckii
Amelanchier lamarckii, Mespilus, Serviceberry, Shadblow, Shadbrush

How to grow Amelanchier lamarckii:

Grow Amelanchier lamarckii in full sun or partial shade. Plant in moist, lime-free, well-drained soil. If the autumn colors are important to you, then plant in the sun. It is pest-free. Watch out for Fireblight. Propagate by seed or semi-hardwood cuttings. Amelanchier lamarckii requires minimal pruning. Trim to shape it or to remove dead branches. Trim it after the flowering season is over.

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