A decidious Shrub growing to 5m.
It is hardy to zone 5 and is not frost tender. It is in flower in May, and the seeds ripen in July. The flowers are hermaphrodite (have both male and female organs) and are pollinated by Bees. The plant is self-fertile.
Prefers a rich loamy soil in a sunny position or semi-shade but thrives in any soil that is not too dry or water-logged. Grows well in heavy clay soils. Fairly lime tolerant. Hardy to about -20C. All members of this genus have edible fruits and, whilst this is dry and uninteresting in some species, in many others it is sweet and juicy. Many of the species have potential for use in the garden as edible ornamentals. The main draw-back to this genus is that birds adore the fruit and will often completely strip a tree before it is fully ripe. A very ornamental plant. Hybridizes freely with other members of this genus. (info source: pfaf.org)
Genus - Amelanchier
Species - Ovalis
Common name - Snowy Mespilus
Pre-Treatment - Required
Hardiness zones - 5 - 8
Height - 3'-15' / 1 - 5(10) m
Spread - 3'-12' / 1 - 4 m
Plant type - Small Shrub
Vegetation type - Deciduous
Exposure - Full Sun, Partial Sun, Partial Shade
Growth rate - Medium
Soil PH - Acidic, Neutral, Alkaline
Soil type - Clay, Loam, Well drained
Water requirements - Average Water
Landscape uses - Edible, Foundation, Fruit / Fruit Tree, Hedges, Mixed Border, Street Trees
Bloom season - Early Spring, Spring
Leaf / Flower color - Green, Dark green / White
1. Soak for 24 hours in warm water.
Select a small bucket, such as a yogurt bucket, or a zip-top bag. Mix together equal parts damp sand and moist peat moss. Lay a 2.5-5 cm (1-2") layer of the mix on the bottom of the bucket or inside the zip-top bag.
2. Place the amelanchier seeds inside on the peat and sand mix, and cover with another 2.5-5 cm (1-2") of the material. Place the seeds in the refrigerator for 90 to 120 days. Check the mix every one to two weeks, and mist the mix with water if it starts to dry out.
3. Fill a 5-10 cm (2-4") pot with seed starting mix. Look for a soil-less pre-mixed material at home and garden centers. Make a suitable seed starting mix by combining equal parts peat moss, perlite and sand, or peat moss, vermiculite and sand. Perlite and vermiculite are similar inorganic mineral-based substances that provide drainage and aeration in potting mixes, and they can be used interchangeably.
4. Make a hole in the center of the pot 6 mm (1/4") deep. Place the amelanchier seed in the hole, and then cover it with 6 mm (1/4") of the seed-starting mix. Dampen the mixture until it is damp all the way through.
5. Place the pots in filtered light, keeping them between +23-+29C (70-85F). Add water when the soil at the top of the pot starts to dry out.
6. Transplant the amelanchier seeds into an 20-25 cm (8-10") pot, filled with potting soil, when the seedlings grow 5-10 cm (2-4") tall. Keep the seedlings in a greenhouse for the first year, and transplant them out in the spring of the second year.
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