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.
The plant prefers light (sandy), medium (loamy) and heavy (clay) soils and can grow in heavy clay soil. The plant prefers acid, neutral and basic (alkaline) soils. It cannot grow in the shade. It requires moist soil.
Genus - Amelanchier
Species - Ovalis
Common name - Snowy Mespilus
Pre-Treatment - Required
Hardiness zones - 5 - 8
Height - 3'-15' / 0.9m - 4.6m (10)
Spread - 3'-12' / 0.9m - 3.7m
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
Germination rate - 79%
Bloom season - Early Spring, Spring
Leaf / Flower color - Green, Dark green / White
|Germination||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 1- to 2-inch 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 1 to 2 inches 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 2- to 4-inch 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 1/4-inch deep. Place the amelanchier seed in the hole, and then cover it with 1/4-inch 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 70 and 85 degrees Fahrenheit. Add water when the soil at the top of the pot starts to dry out.
6. Transplant the amelanchier seeds into an 8- to 10-inch pot, filled with potting soil, when the seedlings grow 2 to 4 inches tall. Keep the seedlings in a greenhouse for the first year, and transplant them out in the spring of the second year.