Amelanchier, often known as Juneberry or Serviceberry trees, are popular for their wonderful star shaped spring flowers and striking foliage that changes colour from spring through to autumn. Being tough, Amelanchier trees are hardy and grow well in many positions including light shade and damp sites.
Our range of Serviceberry or Juneberry trees have star shaped flowers in spring that vary from white to soft pink in colour. The foliage bursts into life with a warm, bronzed colour that contrasts against the flowers and then matures to mid-green. Depending on the variety, the foliage can turn red-purple or red-orange in autumn. For vibrant red-orange autumn colour, consider Amelanchier x grandiflora 'Autumn Brilliance' or 'Robin Hill', whilst for more purple autumn foliage consider 'Ballerina'. Blackened berries sometimes follow, particularly in southern regions where insects are more likely to pollinate the early flowers. The berries are frequently devoured by wild birds.
The Amelanchier in this section are all suitable for planting in gardens or for using in landscape projects, with a number of them having received the RHS Award of Garden Merit. For an informal or natural setting, the native Amelanchier lamarckii is ideal. Amelanchier x grandiflora 'Robin Hill', 'Ballerina' and 'Autumn Brilliance' have a slightly more formal form. For limited space, consider the more upright form of Amelanchier alnifolia 'Obelisk'. We offer single stem, multi stem and bush forms of Amelanchier.
A great tip when designing your planting scheme is to under plant Amelanchier trees with colourful perennials, a technique made popular at the Chelsea flower show. Amelanchier are tolerant of a range of soil conditions, as well as light shade. They are easy to care for, exhibiting very few problems once established and only requiring minimal pruning. Older specimens can handle hard pruning if required.
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. Amelanchier lamarckii is naturalised in the UK, but it’s appearance after the UK disconnected from mainland Europe means that it is not officially classed as native.
Amelanchier has many common names, you may also see it referred to as: shadbush, shadwood, shadblow, june berry or service berry to name a few! Amelanchier is derived from the old name for Amelanchier Ovallis. The name 'shad' originates from the flowers which supposedly flower 'when the shads run'. Shads are river herrings in New England streams. The name Serviceberry is derived from its similarity with the European Sorbus.