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Amelanchier alnifolia 'Obelisk'

Family: Rosaceae (ro-ZAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Amelanchier (am-uh-LAN-kee-er) (Info)
Species: alnifolia (al-nee-FOH-lee-uh) (Info)
Cultivar: Obelisk

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8-10 ft. (2.4-3 m)
10-12 ft. (3-3.6 m)
12-15 ft. (3.6-4.7 m)

12-15 ft. (3.6-4.7 m)

USDA Zone 2a: to -45.5 C (-50 F)
USDA Zone 2b: to -42.7 C (-45 F)
USDA Zone 3a: to -39.9 C (-40 F)
USDA Zone 3b: to -37.2 C (-35 F)
USDA Zone 4a: to -34.4 C (-30 F)
USDA Zone 4b: to -31.6 C (-25 F)
USDA Zone 5a: to -28.8 C (-20 F)
USDA Zone 5b: to -26.1 C (-15 F)
USDA Zone 6a: to -23.3 C (-10 F)
USDA Zone 6b: to -20.5 C (-5 F)
USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 C (0 F)
USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 C (5 F)
USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)
USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun


Bloom Color:
White/Near White

Bloom Time:
Mid Spring
Late Spring/Early Summer

Grown for foliage
Good Fall Color

Other details:
This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater
Provides winter interest

Soil pH requirements:
5.1 to 5.5 (strongly acidic)
5.6 to 6.0 (acidic)

Patent Information:
Unknown - Tell us

Propagation Methods:
From seed; stratify if sowing indoors
Scarify seed before sowing

Seed Collecting:
Remove fleshy coating on seeds before storing
Allow unblemished fruit to ripen; clean and dry seeds
Unblemished fruit must be significantly overripe before harvesting seed; clean and dry seeds

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Gardeners' Notes:

Positive Erutuon On Apr 11, 2010, Erutuon from Minneapolis, MN wrote:

Strangely, the leaves on my plant didn't unfold coppery-red this spring; rather they were dusty blue-green, then bright yellow-green.

Neutral berrygirl On Mar 24, 2007, berrygirl from Braselton, GA (Zone 7b) wrote:

(Plant Breeding Rights.)
At last, the multi-season beauty of Amelanchier is available in a slender columnar form for use in containers or the smallest garden spaces. 'Obelisk' is a stunning specimen, offering three seasons of foliage changes, blooms, and berries, all on an elegant narrow habit.

The new spring foliage unfurls coppery-red on this native tree, followed by several weeks of creamy-white blooms in mid- to late spring. With summer the leaves turn green, only to radiate warm color again in autumn, when they become all shades of yellow.

Purplish-blue berries, round and about 1/2-inch in diameter, follow the flowers, bringing birds into the garden. And when the leaves have fallen and only a few berries remain on the bare tree, it is still lovely, with its wispy-thin silhouette for winter!

Native to the Great Plains, this tree tolerates harsh weather and alkaline soil beautifully. It is hardy to -15 degrees F, and thrives in full sun to part shade and any well-drained soil. Find a place of honor for it this season, and begin a garden legacy of year-round beauty. 15 feet tall, 4 feet wide. Zones 5-8.


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Minneapolis, Minnesota
Eureka, Montana

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