Garden Design


Plant of the Month

April 6, 2019 by James Cooper

Spring flowering trees are perhaps the most impressive sight in a garden – one of the best, in our humble opinion, is the Amelanchier lamarckii or the Serviceberry.  Truly stunning, with long racemes of white flowers produced in late March, this small tree has a place alongside the path to the office here at JJ Designs and is greatly admired.

Amelanchier lamarckii spring flowering tree

Amelanchier lamarckii

The emerging copper coloured leaves turn a mid green in late spring before maturing to rich reds as the autumn approaches.  The rounded fruits, red in summer before turning black in autumn, are edible.

Amelanchiers do best in moist, well drained lime free soils and are a good choice to plant near to buildings.

So, give this small tree a home, it tries so hard to get your attention at this time of year.