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A picture of a Snowy Mespilus

Snowy Mespilus

Amelanchier × lamarckii

Also known as

Juneberry, Service Berry, Lamarck's Serviceberry, Shadblow, Shadbush, Sugarplum, Shad

Amelanchier lamarckii bloem by Rasbak (CC-BY-SA-3.0)

Full Sun
Moderate care
Moderate watering
Frost Hardy


RHS hardiness


Minimum temperature

Expected size








20 years to reach maturity


  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

More images of Snowy Mespilus

Some bright orange Amelanchier × lamarckii autumn leaves
A Amelanchier × lamarckii plant with bronze leaves
A white flower on a Amelanchier × lamarckii plant
A close up of a plant

Snowy Mespilus Overview

Amelanchier × lamarckii is a large shrub that can be grown as a single stemmed small tree, from the Rosaceae family. It is commonly known by the names Snowy Mespilus and Juneberry, amongst others. It is grown for its colourful foliage and beautiful white spring flowers. A good choice for sites that have moist to wet soil as it can tolerate most soil conditions except strong alkalinity. It will achieve the best autumn colour on a slightly acidic soil in full sun. This plant has earnt a Royal Horticultural Society Award of Garden Merit.

Common problems with Snowy Mespilus

How to propagate Snowy Mespilus


Sow singularly into pots of moist compost early spring and leave in a sunny cold frame.


Semi-hardwood cuttings made in late summer/early autumn are the most successful method of vegetative propagation for this plant.


Propagate in autumn by seed, in late autumn to early spring by layering or in the case of suckering species, by division.



Special features of Snowy Mespilus

Attractive fruits

Autumn colour

Attractive flowers

Attracts birds

Wet sites

Although it can tolerate wet soils, sites that waterlog constantly will cause poor health in the plant.

Other uses of Snowy Mespilus

The fruit of this species is edible raw or cooked.

Multi Stemmed Trees

With a little formative work these trees can be trained into multi- stemmed specimens.

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OPALS - Ogren Plant Allergy Scale

Plants with a very low potential to cause allergic reactions (1 to 3 rating)

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