Wonderful in Spring summer and Autumn ,whats not to like about this tree.The value of Amelanchier is easily discovered in spring, with the appearance of its abundant racemes of five-petalled, star-shaped, white or pink-blushed flowers. These are followed by edible, spherical berries that are purple-maroon to black and similar to those of Sorbus, which ripen in June and are edible when cooked. This tree is at its best in autumn, when it turns into a mass of fiery red foliage, which becomes a real talking point!
Amelanchier comprises single or multi-stemmed, deciduous trees and shrubs.
Originally found in moist woodland and alongside streams and riverbanks, Amelanchier is native to regions of Europe. A. lamarckii Award of Garden Merit (AGM) is one of the most commonly grown species and has become naturalised throughout Europe. It has an upright habit and can form either a shrub or small tree with brilliantly white flowers that are followed by plump berries. The elliptic, often coppery, dark green leaves turn to superb oranges and reds in the autumn.
Ballerina can be planted as a small specimen tree on its own, or would add spring and summer to a mixed border. It is also often planted as a feature in a border or underplanted with flowers. It is best to plant in fertile, well drained soil in sun or partial shade.
Many of the species will provide striking interest, such as A. 'Ballerina' AGM featuring 15cm-long, arching, white flowers that last for a very long time
Amelanchier is fully hardy and prefers a deep, moist, humus-rich soil in sun or partial shade. With the exception of A. asiatica and A. alnifolia, which are lime-tolerant, plants prefer an acid to neutral soil.Best planted in groups of 3 and underplanted with azaleas, rhododendrons, bluebells, and other woodland planting.
Any pruning should be done during winter or late spring, when any misplaced or crossing shoots should be removed to maintain a healthy and balanced framework. Seeds can be sown fresh in the autumn or stored and sown in the spring time.