Amelanchier alnifolia, an exceptional fruit tree.
Several choices available:
Amelanchier alnifolia Mandan : Adult height: 2.50 to 3 m - Width or spread: 1.50 to 2 m - Flowering period: April to May - Description of the fruit: clusters of 7 to 11 purple to black fruits rich in antioxidants and in vitamins - Description of the taste of the fruit: sweet and juicy, close to blueberry - Harvest period: late July to early August.
Amelanchier alnifolia Northline : specificities: very productive and vigorous, fruits already very young - Adult height: 3 to 4 m - Width or spread: 1.50 to 2 m - Flowering period: April to May - Description of the fruit: large fruits of 1.4 cm of excellent quality and very firm - Description of the taste of the fruit: soft and sweet, close to blueberry - Harvest period: June - July.
Amelanchier alnifolia Sleyt : specificities: more moderate growth, smaller than the others, therefore suitable for growing in pots - Adult height: 1.50 to 2 m - Width or spread: 1 to 1.50 m - Flowering period: March -April - Description of the fruit: large early black fruits - Description of the taste of the fruit: sweet and juicy - Harvest period: June - July
Amelanchier alnifolia Smokey : specificities: the most productive, a more strongly spreading habit, tends to sucker a lot, not very susceptible to diseases - Adult height: 2 to 3 m - Width or spread: 1.50 to 2 m - Flowering period: March - April - Description of the fruit: large fruits of 1.5 cm in clusters - Description of the taste of the fruit: close to blueberry, very sweet - Harvest period: very long production, end of June to August
Its flowering in white star with long petals is very melliferousand decorative, it precedes the serrated foliage, this one is tenderly pink and velvety when breaking, it turns intense green to finish in shades of yellow, orange and finally blazing red in autumn.
Its flowering is followed by numerous fruits in clusters composed of large purple to black berries, sweet and juicy, reminiscent of blueberries, rich in antioxidants and vitamins. To be used in juices, jellies and jams, to decorate sauces and finally to make pies and cakes. These berries can be frozen without problem.
Although self-fertile, you will get a better crop through cross-pollination by planting at least two plants. The Alder-leaf shadbush is a more or less suckering fruit shrub, it supports pruning very well.
To be planted in well-drained soil but above all with an acidic tendency (add heather soil). Resistant to negative temperatures down to -30 ° C. Beautiful planted alone, it is also perfect for entering into the composition of greedy hedges.