Snowy Mespil Amelanchier lamarckii

British Grown
Volume 1+
Price per plant £70.00
Price £70.00
Volume 1+
Price per plant £168.00
Price £168.00
British Grown
Volume 1+
Price per plant £54.00
Price £54.00
British Grown
Volume 1+
Price per plant £156.00
Price £156.00

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Product description



The Snowy Mespil is certainly a tree with plenty of interest and its small size of 7m (23ft) makes it a favourable choice for a wide range of planting schemes. It begins to look attractive in bud, just as the silvery leaves unfold in April. A striking mass of tiny snow white, star-shaped flowers smother the tree when, simultaneously, the unfolding leaves take on a pale copper-bronze in an unrivalled spring display. By June small pinky red berries become edible (if you can pick them before the finches and blackbirds do), hence its other name, ‘Juneberry’. During the summer the small oval leaves become a mid-green then, in autumn become all shades of dazzling orange and red.

The branches twist, bend and interweave, perhaps part of the reason why this tree does not look out of place on a woodland edge or part of a ‘wild’ garden. As well as single-stem trees we also sell Snowy Mespil as multi-stemmed plants with a bushier appearance.

Where to grow

Can be grown as a small specimen tree in the lawn, or would add spring and summer interest to a mixed border. It is best to plant in fertile, well-drained soil in sun or partial shade.

Did you know?

The berries of this North American tree lend themselves to a wealth of American desserts such as muffins and pies, or as an attractive garnish to cheesecakes and ice-creams.

Mature height
Small - 5-10 metres
0-5 metres
Round Headed
Shrub Multi-Stem
Growth rate
Soil type
All soil types
Sun levels
Full sun
Partial shade
Difficulty/hard to grow
Autumn colour
Fine/Light leaf
Small leaves
Flower colour
Flowering type
Flowering month
Berries/fruit colour
Garden Tree
Small garden Tree
City/Urban Sites
Bird Food
Edible Fruit/Nuts
Flower Arranging


Pruning Amelanchier Lamarckii

If your Amelanchier lamarckii is trained as a standard, the only pruning necessary is to remove shoots that have sprouted from the clear stem. If keeping as a multi-stemmed tree cut old stems to ground level to make space for new growth.

When should I prune? Amelanchiers should be pruned in winter, though light pruning can be done after flowering.

For the continued healthy growth of your trees, shrubs or hedging it is vital that you follow the advice below.


The main reason that plants die within 12 months of having been planted is lack of water.  It is essential throughout the spring and summer, to give a heavy enough watering to enable the water to penetrate right down to the deepest root level of the tree.  In hot dry spells give the equivalent of 2 bucketfuls every three days.

Weed Control

One of the most common causes of lack of water is competition from grass.  When trees are first establishing, the grass roots would be at the same level as the tree roots and are far more efficient at taking up water and thus choke the tree.  It is vital for 3 years after planting that your tree or hedge has a circle or strip one  metre wide completely free of grass.  The way to eliminate grass in order of effectiveness is:

  1. Spray off the grass with a glyphosate based weed killer such as Roundup.  Apply each year for the first 3 years.  It is best applied when the tree is dormant as it is absorbed through green leaves and kills the plant off at the roots.
  2. Firmly fit a mulch mat around the base of the tree by tucking the edges into the soil and put a thick layer of bark mulch on top of this.  This can be done after the initial spraying with glyphosate and should avoid the need for further spraying.

Mowing or strimming is NOT an answer to the problem.  Each time you mow, the grass will grow back more vigorously and strimming invariably leads to lacerated trunks.


If trees are not correctly secured they will rock in the planting pit. Roots not firmly in contact with the soil are unable to take up moisture and nutrients, resulting in die back or death of the tree.  Check, particularly after windy weather, that stakes are still solidly in the ground keeping the base of the trunk firm.  The purpose of the stakes is to anchor the roots.   Flexing in the wind, higher up the trunk, is not necessarily a problem if the roots are firm.

Bellow is list of the correct system to use to secure your trees.

  • 40/60, 60/80, 80/100 whips - Unless rabbit/deer problem no need to stake.
  • 100/125, 125/150  1.2m Cane and Easi tie.
  • 150/175  1.2m square stake and a buckle tie and spacer.
  • 175/250, 6/8, 8/10 15L 1.65 Tree stake and a buckle tie and spacer.
  • All larger trees. 2 x 1.65 Tree stake and cross rail with 38mm cushion spacer and 1m of 38mm strapping.


Always use our recommended tree ties or strapping.  These are designed and manufactured with the correct amount of give to hold the tree firm without strangling it. They should be checked at the end of each growing season for adjustment as the trunk thickens.  Non proprietary materials such as baler twine will cut into the bark and should not be used.

Protection from Animal Damage

Rabbits, deer, sheep, cattle and horses can all potentially damage trees.  Ask us for advice on the most appropriate guards for your trees or hedge.  Squirrels are also a terrible pest when trees get to about 20ft tall but there is no protection available.


By Hugh Corroon on 27/10/2014

I have noticed that rabbits don’t seem to like the bark of an amelanchier tree for whatever reason.  Is this established fact?  If so, could be a good point to make for planting in areas of rabbit life.

Kind regards,


By Simon on 04/11/2014

Hello Hugh,

It is good to hear you are having no problems with rabbits on Amelanchier Trees, but I am afraid they are not immune to this problem.In a cold winter the rabbits will go for them.

Kind regards

By Queenie on 15/02/2015

Is it necessary to stake the multi-stemmed Amelanchier lamarckii? I have a 5ft pot-grown one to plant.


By Simon on 18/02/2015

Hello Queenie,

It would depend on how windy the spot you are planting it in and how big the pot it is in now is. If it is not very windy and it is in a large (30L+) Pot you should be OK not to stake it. If it is windy and in a 10L Pot I would say yes it could do with a little stake.

By Andy Wilson on 16/09/2015

Are your 15l Amelanchier Lamarckii single stem standard or multi stem?

By Simon on 18/09/2015

Hello Andy,

The 15L ones currently available are single stemmed.

By Nick Dove on 08/10/2015

This may be a stupid question but what is the difference looks wise between the two Amelanchiers 30 l bush v 30 l container? Is the latter a single stem?
Kind regards

By Simon on 09/10/2015

Hello Nick,

The 30L bush is a multi-stemmed, shrubby plant, while the other 30L container has a single trunk with a crown.

By Dave Brown on 05/07/2016

HI, i am looking to create a short dividing hedge to partially cut out some wind (sporadic and by no means strong) that occasionally hits a seating area. I initially started looking at dwarf varieties of this plant, but they don’t seem to be available in the UK. Could this, in one of the forms you provide it in, be usable for a hedge (or at east some cover, doesn’t have to be a completely blocking hedge) of about 5 foot tall and 10 feet long. Perhaps two or three could be planted together and then trained to ‘bush’ opposed to go up?

By Tina Ellis on 16/09/2016

I want to plant multi stemmed snowy mespilus or silver birches in an internal courtyard 11m x 6m which is open to sky but glazed on all sides. I need to restrict roots from growing down as we have services running thro so I need to think of some sort of container system. It does not matter if this restricts long term growth height but I do want trees to be healthy. Can you advise me please?

By Simon on 21/09/2016

Hello Tina,

Multi-stemmed trees look lovely in a courtyard setting. You can certainly use either root barriers or some kind of container to restrict root spread, though you will have to make sure the soil doesn’t dry out. Amelanchiers are significantly smaller that Himalayan birch, but of course you won’t get the stunning effect of the white stems in winter. Birches do not look good when pruned, while Amelanchier can cope with some pruning to control size. The other thing to consider is that Amelanchier will produce blossom and berries, which will drop (if not eaten by birds). The autumn colour is also different, with Amelanchiers displaying orange-scarlet coloration and birches a buttery yellow. I will send an email with current stock for each.

By marlene on 27/09/2016

Hi,do snowy mespilus cope with a windy site or do they prefer a more sheltered setting?

By Simon on 28/09/2016

Hello Marlene,

Amelanchier should cope with a fair amount of wind. If you need something really tough, another option would be a Crataegus.

By polly on 20/02/2017

May I ask your advice please:  Within the next month I am interested in planting a gentle curved row of Amelanchier multi stem underplanted with an evergreen - could you please tell me the distance apart I should plant the Amelanchier to make an impact.  Many thanks.

By Simon on 01/03/2017

Hello Polly,

I’ll email you with some photos. The spacing depends on what size you start with and what effect you want to create, but the current stock of 30L multistems could be planted 110-180cm apart.

By katherine on 06/04/2017

I’m looking for a tree with lots of interest that can be planted in a small front garden so near the house. are the alamanchier roots likely to cause a problem for drains / foundations? Thanks!

By Simon on 07/04/2017

Hello Katherine,

Small trees like Amelanchier generally don’t pose a problem, but there are many factors involved in the interaction between trees and buildings (soil type, robustness of foundations, soundness of construction etc). In general, problems are associated with shrinkable clay soils when large (50ft+), invasive, water demanding trees are planted, especially if drains are broken.

By Neil McGough on 01/05/2017

I am looking to purchase the Amelanchier Lamarckii Snowy Mespil in the 15L pot . Are these the single stem variety as this would be my preference?
Many thanks

By Simon on 05/05/2017

Hello Neil,

Unless you specify multistem, you would receive a single-stemmed tree.

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