Juneberry - Amelanchier lamarckii

Alt Name
Amelanchier laevis
Description

Shrub or small tree to 10m. Smooth dark grey bark. Bushy and many stemmed. Coppery-pink leaves unfold in mid-April below spectacular but short-lived five-petalled white flowers. Oblong to ovate leaves 5cm long with sharp but shallow serrated edge, dark yellowish-green, becoming scarlet then deep red in autumn. Fruit globose, 6mm, green turning to red in July the blackish-purple. Quickly eaten by birds.

Habitat

Mostly on sandy soils in woodland or scrub.

When to see it

The spectacular flowers make it easiest to spot in April.

UK Status

Fairly widespread as a casual in many parts of England and Wales, very sparsely scattered elsewhere.

VC55 Status

Rare in VC55. First recorded in 1996.

Leicestershire & Rutland Map

UK Map