[NAFEX] Growing Amelanchier

Jay Cutts orders at cuttsreviews.com
Thu Nov 5 12:15:21 EST 2009

Robert, I don't know what part of the country you are in.  I have grown 
both Amelanchiers here in NM, where the growing conditions and fruiting 
conditions are very demanding, and they are one of my biggest 
successes.  They fruit regularly.  The animals, so far, have mostly left 
them alone.  The last on the bush for a long time, going from juicy to a 
little drier, so that if I don't get them right away, they will still be 
there and will be tasty.

Actually, only my A.a's have fruited so far, but I expect the same form 

Be sure to get selected varieties for good flavor.  I believe they will 
be significantly tastier than species.  Yes, they do remind me a bit of 
blueberries.  Not as juicy, at least here, but a perfectly yummy fruit 
in its own right.

As for A.a vs A.c., I am hoping that my A.c's will provide more fruit, 
being significantly bigger plants.  But I like having both, because the 
A.a's do fruit pretty heavily.  I'm talking about 10 year old plants 
that are maybe two feet high max, so maybe 50 or 70 fruits on each one.

They do seem to grow strongly here (nothing gets too tall around here) 
considering the poor soil, high alkalinity and rugged wind and sun.



Jay Cutts
Cutts Graduate Reviews
800-353-4898 day or eve, 7 days
(In NM, 505-281-0684)

Robert Stanton wrote:
> Hello All,
> I've been considering growing Amelanchier alnifolia or Amelanchier canadensis.
> Does anyone have any suggestions for one over the other?  The main
> difference seems to be size and not necessarily hardiness or ground
> conditions.  They attracted me for being like blueberries but not
> requiring the acidic soil.
> Also, while the fruit is described as "sweet," can it be compared to
> anything else or any blend of flavors?
> Thanks,
> Robert
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