HOW TO GROW AMELANCHIER OVALIS 'Edelweiss'

Amelanchier ovalis 'Edelweiss'

Amelanchier ovalis is one of the slower growing species within the genus but is notable as an ornamental garden plant for its gorgeous blooms, in particular the 'Edelweiss' cultivar. Native to Central and Southern Europe, North Africa and Western Asia Amelanchier ovalis was introduced to European gardens in 1596 and has since become one of the most popular of all available Amelanchier forms.

Amelanchier autumn colour

Under favourable conditions you can expect Amelanchier ovalis 'Edelweiss' to grow between 3-4 metres height. It has an upright habit with ovate leaves. The leaves emerge dark green in colour but are white and woolly underneath which gives them an overall silvery effect. As the leaves mature the woolly growth disappears. Come the autumn the leaves will often provide a good show of colour turning to shades of orange, red and yellow before leaf drop.

The large white flowers appear in April in clusters of 6 inch long panicles. Once pollinated small, red edible fruits will form from mid to late summer turning black as they ripen.

Amelanchier ovalis 'Edelweiss' can be grown in either full sun or light, dappled shade. It will perform well in any well drained, fertile soil and will even tolerate chalky soils. However, it will perform best in a moist, acidic or neutral soil.

In exposed areas support newly planted trees with a  stake to prevent wind rock. Amelanchier do not like to be in soils which are prone to drying out, so for the first year or two water during periods of drought. 

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