[NAFEX] Growing Amelanchier

Dr. Lucky Pittman lucky.pittman at murraystate.edu
Thu Nov 5 16:33:07 EST 2009

Performance is similar here, Doug.
Hands-down, the A.laevis is a heavier producer - it's a more mature
specimen, but even given that parameter, I think as years go by, it'll
probably continue to produce more.  And, as you indicated, the smaller
A.laevis berries are more flavorful - certainly not 'dry', but not as big
and juicy as the grandiflora fruits.  
The A.x grandiflora plants just started bearing in the past two years, so I
don't know how productive they're going to be - but my wife was very pleased
with the couple of quarts of fruit I brought home; enough so that she told
me, 'We need some of THOSE here at the house.' So...I'm gonna try to start
some and plant 'em around her tennis court.


-----Original Message-----
From: Douglas Woodard
Subject: Re: [NAFEX] Growing Amelanchier

Lucky, my observation of Amelanchier X grandiflora (I think) seedlings 
at a conservation planting near here was that the berries were big and 
juicy (solids content apparently lower than A. laevis) but not as 
strongly flavoured as A. laevis, and the production was rather sparse. 
How do yours produce?

Doug Woodard
St. Catharines, Ontario, Canada
Niagara Peninsula

Dr. Lucky Pittman wrote:
> I have several A.alnifolia selections growing here, but can rarely beat
> birds to any of the fruit.
> Nice little A.laevis tree in town at the public library bears heavily
> year, and I can pick gallons at a time.
> Have several row-run A.X grandiflora plants, purchased as 1-yr seedlings,
> from the now-defunct Bear Creek Nursery, that I planted at my kids'
> elementary school about 10 years ago - they bear big, tasty berries -
> the size of the A.laevis fruits - my wife liked them well enough that I'll
> be trying my hand at propagating them from cuttings and grafting some onto
> apple & hawthorn rootstocks to see which works best.
> Lucky Pittman
> Hopkinsville, KY
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