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Dwarf Amelanchier Bluemoon

I have just got some seeds of the Dwarf Amelanchier cultivar Bluemoon to add to my collection of Amelanchier varieties.

Since all Amelanchiers produce suckers and are considered to be somewhat invasive, the dwarf type should be easier to control. It's supposed to have shorter runners and only grows to about 2 metres so I'm thinking it should be easy enough to grow and get fruit in a pot.
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vlct says...
What do they taste like
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Linton says...
Hi vlct

I've never tasted any yet. My trees have only been in the ground for 1 year so are not at fruiting age yet and I'm not sure how long they will take to start producing.

I would expect the dwarf Blue Moon variety to have superior fruit as it is a specifically developed cultivar but will have to wait and see.
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vlct says...
What are they a type of blueberry ?
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Linton says...
Amelanchiers are not related to Blueberries.

They are a small tree about the size of a plum tree.
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vlct says...
Cool looking fruit, Do they require any chill ?
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Linton says...
Amelanchiers are usually grown in cooler areas where there are apple and cherry farms which indicates that they probably need some chill. However I also read that they like it hot when fruiting.

So if you can grow cherries or plums where you are you should be able to grow amelanchiers.

In North America, A. alnifolia is the most popular and supposed to produce good tasting fruit. Some nurseries around Melbourne are selling A. Canadensis and A. arborea which I have both.
Hope this helps!
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Linton says...
The spring foliage has come out on the Amelanchiers now.

A. arborea (right) seems to be bushy and spreading whereas the A. Canadensis (left) is more upright and compact. I would be interested to learn how long they take to start producing fruit. Cheers!
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Dwarf Amelanchiers popping up now!

After nearly 6 months of stratifying the seeds, some of the Blue Moon Dwarf Amelanchiers are now popping up. (See pictures). Cheers!
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BenW says...
One of my canadensis fruited its first year in the ground at about 40cm high. Only one small cluster which the birds got to, but bodes well for next year :)

I have a much larger Lamarkaii (grafted on a rowan I believe) which hasn't fruited yet but appears to have flower buds for next year.

Google tells me they usually take 2-4 years after transplanting to fruit.

Where did you get hold of your aborea? I'm trying to get a small collection going too :)

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Linton says...
Hi Ben

I got the Amelanchia arborea from Yamina, I think they usually have them.

The dwarf blue moons that have just come up are a European cultivar of A. spicata. I would imagine that all Amelanchier varieties should do extremely well in your area.
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BenW says...
Cheers, I need to swing by Yamina at some point anyway. I'll add it to my list.

We have plenty of winter chill here, that's for sure :)
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Upper mountains says...
How did you stratify your amelanchiers? In the fridge? In sand or in coffee filters?
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Linton says...
Some of them were stratified in the fridge and others were planted in pots and left outside.

Nearly all of them from both methods sprouted after about 6 months.
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Linton says...
When is the best time to transplant deciduous fruit trees?

I'm growing a couple of grafted Amelanchier varieties - A. Lamarkii which is supposed to have good fruit and the less common A. asiatica (June Berry) which originates from China and Korea. I would like to transfer them into larger pots and ongrow them in pots for a couple more years. That way I'll be able to move them around into sunnier positions when required as they won't fruit in the shade.

Is it ok to re-pot them now, or should I wait until they are dormant over Winter? Since they are both at about 2 metres, the sooner I transplant them the better as they have outgrown the existing pots.

I'll be curious to compare the Asian variety with the other North American types that I'm growing once they all start fruiting.

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