Amelanchier lamarckii is one of the best year-round, compact trees for the smaller garden. In spring, loose domed racemes of fluttering flowers appear, the five petals long and rather irregular and arranged in an alternate star pattern with the bristly green sepals.
The newly-emerging coppery foliage is also very attractive. Fully open the leaves are rather oblong and turn wonderful one-penny chew colours in the autumn! Shiny, juicy black fruits hardly last to autumn, they are so attractive to birds.