Amelanchier lamarckii is a small, tough yet graceful, bushy tree or large shrub ideal for an exposed or difficult position. April brings a profusion of star-shaped, white flowers with bronze tinged young leaves, followed later in the year by striking red autumn colour. Purple-black berries which ripen in summer, are popular with hungry birds and also edible.
In comparison to the other Amelanchier varieties Lamarckii is a slightly bushier, natural looking form. A height and spread of 4 x 3 metres in 20 years can be expected in its natural form.
This variety of Snowy Mespilus has the RHS Award of Garden Merit.
- Common name: Freeman Maple tree
- Latin name: Acer x freemanii 'Autumn Blaze'
- Awards: RHS Award of Garden Merit
- Height and spread in 20 years: 7 x 4 metres
- Seasons of interest: Spring, Autumn
- Foliage: Yellow green in spring, green in summer and fiery red in autumn
- Soil: Suited to moist but well-drained sites and most soil types