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We (the royal we because Him Indoors did the work!) planted an Amelanchier earlier this year. It seems to be thriving. However it has grown three leaders and I wondered if I ought to reduce that to one? Also should I prune that one back a bit?



Hi, there are 25 species of Amelanchier, some are trees, some are shrubs, so we really need to know which species you have, if you have a shrub and you cut the other 2 leaders off, it won't be a shrub, if you then cut that 1 down, and it's a shrub, it will become a shrub again by throwing out more leaders, Derek.

16 Jul, 2017


If you bought it with at least four feet of single stem then its a tree and you could tip prune it in the late autumn to make it more bushy. If it has only a short stem then its a shrub and once again just tip prune in the autumn. The most common variety is Amalanchier Canadensis (Lamarckii). A joy in any garden.

17 Jul, 2017


Ok, thank you for the information. It's definitely a tree, Amelanchier grandiflora Ballerina. Given your advice I shall tip prune in the autumn.

Thanks guys. Very helpful.

18 Jul, 2017

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