Amelanchier ovalis (= A. ovalis; A. vulgaris) (Europe, Asia Minor)
Habit: Shrub, 1-3 m tall, 2-3 m wide; stiff and loosely upright, somewhat extended when old; moderately growing.
Flowers: White in short racemes, slightly pungent fragrance; beginning of May before leaves shoot.
Fruits: Elongated, round; like berries, dark blue to black, edible, slight sweetish flavour.
Leaves: Reverse ovoid, circular, buds and leaves white tomentose when shooting, later dark green; grey-green underneath; red to orange in autumn; September to October.
Roots: Shallow to cordate roots, not sensitive, adaptable, with fine, far-reaching root system, occasionally with runners.
Demands: Full sun to light shade; suffers under deep shade, tolerant of heat, likes warmth and cool areas, frost hardy; low to high humidity; resistant to wind and urban pollution.
Soil: Dry to fresh, acidic to very alkaline, on all well drained, mineral substrates.
Our tip: Valuable pioneer plants for extreme areas.
Hardiness: Zone 5a