An interesting fastiagate form of amelanchier, Obelisk (Amelanchier alnifolia 'Obelisk') has a good, dense branch structure and a strikingly beautiful display of single white flowers during April with dark green leaves. Around Autumn time (depending on global warming) expect to see the green leaves fade to orange followed by clusters of small black to purple fruits. If the word black causes politically incorrect feelings then feel free to read it as ethnic minority fruits or African/European non vegetables.
A small height tree, so expect a height of up to 4 metres after 10 years. It could go on to grow more or decide to stop where it is. Who knows what goes on with these trees.
The outstanding points of interest for our Amelanchier alnifolia 'Obelisk' is that it will tolerate wet conditions which means damp soil not standing water. So if the local water polo team are working out on your garden then you can safely say you have wet soil.....and possibly no lock on your garden gate.
Amelanchier alnifolia 'Obelisk' Size Options
5 Litre: 100-150cm tall when supplied, comes in a 5-10 Litre pot and will be single or multi-stem and 1-2 years old
12 Litre 1/2 Standard: 150-200 cm at delivery, supplied in 10-15 litre container, single clear trunk, lollipop shape, 2-3 years old
12 Litre : 90-120 cm at delivery, supplied in 10-15 litre container, multi- stems and bush shape, 2-3 years old
20 Litre : 180-240 cm at delivery, supplied in a 15-20 litre container, single stems and bush shape, 3-4 years old
Multi-stem means that there are multiple stems/branches starting low down on our Amelanchier alnifolia Obelisk. It could be described as a bush shape. Half-Standard means that there is a single stem or branch for around 2/3rds of the height of the plant and then other stems start to branch out giving the tree a sort of lollipop shape.
The single stems are usually feathered which means the branches start low to the ground. You can of course prune these off to give you clear stem for ornamental reasons.
Getting The Best From Your Amelanchier alnifolia 'Obelisk'
Prune hard after flowering to promote new growth for the next season. To the one or three hard line extremist gardeners out there, hard pruning DOES NOT mean cutting it a couple of centimetres from ground level!
Plant in acid soil. Tipping the contents of your car batteries onto your garden does not make acid soil.
Tolerant of shade. This does not mean you can grow it in a submarine, coal mine or hardened nuclear bunker. It means if it has access to some sunlight, it should be ok.
This tree is supplied at a height of between 1.0 and 2.4m in a 5-20 litre container for year round planting and better results than from bare-root or rootballed stock.
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Alan, As the stern overseer of the garden I supervised the planting of our recent purchase by the resident husband. He did a sterling job and has tended it assiduously since planting. I inspected it earlier today and it is thriving, with several new leaf buds forming. As he has done so well he has now been elevated to Garden Dogsbody status. He's thrilled with the promotion. For the record, we also bought several Snowberries from you a couple of years ago and all are doing well with fat white berries weighing down the branches. Many thanks for the quality of the goods and we will no doubt be in touch when another shrub or tree takes my fancy. Janet 0917
Ornamental Tree Topping
All ornamental trees (not vines) are topped at 1.3 metres to encourage a natural ornamental tree shape with obvious exceptions e.g. patio sizes.This means that your tree was pruned during the growing process and then allowed to grow to the size it is now supplied at.
Multiple Order Discount
Orders over £300 can be discounted by contacting us on 0800 043 1057
Ornamental Tree Roots In The Shade e.g. Behind A Fence
It is more important that that foliage (posh term for leaves) receives the sunlight than the roots. So if the canopy of your ornamental tree can sunbathe but the bottom of your tree thinks there has been a nuclear winter then that is ok. You might want to ensure you have good drainage as water and no sun is the start of algae and other such issues.
Do I Need To Stake My Ornamental Tree?
9 out of 10 times the answer will be no, especially if under 200cm tall. However our article on Tree Staking should help guide you.