Amelanchier x grandiflora ‘Robin Hill’ (Apple serviceberry ‘Robin Hill’ )

Botanical name

Amelanchier x grandiflora ‘Robin Hill’

Other names

Genus

Amelanchier Amelanchier

Variety or Cultivar

‘Robin Hill’ _ ‘Robin Hill’ is a compact, upright, dense tree with oval, mid-green leaves turning orange and red in autumn and, in spring, pink buds opening to pale pink flowers followed by dark purple fruit.

Native to

Garden origin

Foliage

Deciduous

Tree shape

Compact, Upright

Awards

RHS AGM (Award of Garden Merit)

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Colour

Flower

Pale-pink in Spring

Mid-green in Spring; Mid-green in Summer; Red, Orange in Autumn

How to care

Watch out for

Specific diseases

Fireblight

General care

Pruning

Pruning group 1

Propagation methods

Softwood cuttings

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Where to grow

Amelanchier x grandiflora ‘Robin Hill’ (Apple serviceberry ‘Robin Hill’ ) will reach a height of 8m and a spread of 5m after 10-20 years.

Suggested uses

Hedging/Screens, Cottage/Informal, City, Low Maintenance, Wildlife

Cultivation

Grow in moist, but well-drained lime-free soil. Grow in full sun for the best autumn colour.

Soil type

Sandy, Loamy

Soil drainage

Moist but well-drained, Well-drained

Soil pH

Acid, Neutral

Light

Partial Shade, Full Sun

Aspect

North, South, East, West

Exposure

Exposed, Sheltered

UK hardiness Note: We are working to update our ratings. Thanks for your patience.

Hardy (H4)

USDA zones

Zone 9, Zone 8, Zone 7, Zone 6, Zone 5, Zone 4

Defra’s Risk register #1

Plant name

Amelanchier x grandiflora ‘Robin Hill’ (Apple serviceberry ‘Robin Hill’ )

Common pest name

grape ground pearl

Scientific pest name

Margarodes vitis

Type

Insect

Current status in UK

Absent

Likelihood to spread to UK (1 is very low – 5 is very high)

Impact (1 is very low – 5 is very high)

General biosecurity comments

Main pathway; Vitis spp. plants for planting; already prohibited. However; further consideration of other pathways is required.

Defra’s Risk register #2

Amelanchier x grandiflora ‘Robin Hill’ (Apple serviceberry ‘Robin Hill’ )

Round headed apple tree borer

Saperda candida

Insect

Absent

American wood boring beetle; single European incursion into a German Island in the Baltic; limited likelihood of introduction into the UK due to small volume of trade and import inspections. Possible EU listing will limit risk further.

Defra’s Risk register #3

Amelanchier x grandiflora ‘Robin Hill’ (Apple serviceberry ‘Robin Hill’ )

Lance nematode; Nematode; Lance

Hoplolaimus spp.

Nematode

Absent

Nematode species potentially affecting a wide variety of crops; prohibition of soil likely to mitigate risk substantially; keep under review in light of interceptions or findings should they occur in the EU.

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Amelanchier arborea Robin Hill

Product Details

Amelanchier arborea Robin Hill, also known as the Juneberry , Serviceberry or Snowy Mespilus and is the perfect garden tree. We consider it to be the best form of Amelanchier on the market.

Juneberry trees have the significant benefit of providing some interest at all points of the year; starting in spring, the profuse white flowers emerge in plentiful racemes (flower clusters along a central stem), covering the Amelanchier from top to bottom. The foliage follows the blossom, emerging a coppery colour which turns to bright green by late spring. The fantastic rich red autumn colour concludes this trees remarkable display.

Amelanchier arborea Robin Hill is a tough small tree, performing best in moist, well drained, lime free soil. It is capable of thriving in most soil types; however in soil of reduced quality it is wise to invest time and effort into the tree pit preparation to give the tree the best chance at thriving in less than optimum conditions.

This small tree is an absolute treasure and is suitable for a huge number of planting schemes; from urban street tree planting to residential gardens and parks.

Being such a small tree of ultimate size, it can be planted much closer to buildings than most trees, making it particularly useful in gardens where space is a premium. Certainly if you opt to plant a Juneberry tree, there is no way you will be disappointed as it is simply stunning!

If you live in an area prone to rabbits or deer then we recommend rabbit guards for these trees.

Mature height: 3-7m

Amelanchier arborea ‘ROBIN HILL’

Juneberry and downy serviceberry species are popular shrubs and trees that are celebrating their renaissance at the beginning of the new millennium. They belong to both ornamental plants as well as fruit trees which is why they are regaining interest. They are very easy to grow and can cope even with heavy clay without any need for additional fertilizing. Moreover, their root system is so dense that it helps protect soil from erosion.

Robin Hill downy serviceberry was selected at the Robin Hill arboretum before 1970. It is a mid-sized, deciduous tree with oval crown and upright growth. In April it produces numerous star-shaped, white, scented flowers that are followed by are purple-blackish berries in early summer. They are about 1 cm in diameter, sweet and juicy, and can be picked up for as long as one month. They look like blueberries and are valued for high contents of iron and copper. Broadly elliptic leaves are up to 8 cm long, emerge bronze and mature to green colour. They turn golden yellow, fiery orange and red in autumn.
Downy serviceberry is a moderate grower. If you want to keep it smaller and compact, prune it every year at the end of winter. It will grow in almost any but dry soil, however, it prefers fertile and acid, lime-free, moist but well-drained soil. It grows well in heavy clay. Fully hardy to -34°C (USDA zone 4).
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Amelanchier arborea Robin Hill (Amelanchier Robin Hill)

The Amelanchier arborea Robin Hill, also known as the Amelanchier Robin Hill, is a small ornamental tree. It grows in a dense, upright fashion. As it ages, the branches take on a distinguished spreading habit that gives it a regal appearance. When fully grown the tree reaches a height of 4 to 8m with a canopy spread of 4 to 8m. Robin Hill usually reaches its full height and width between 10 to 20 years of age.

In the early spring months, Amelanchier Robin Hill’s foliage appears in shades of eye-catching bronze. As the leaves mature, they take on a mint green hue and in the autumn the tree’s foliage becomes a blazing display of orange and red.

Each spring, the tree is adorned with small pink buds that quickly open to a bevy of pink flowers that rapidly fade to snow white. As the flowers wilt and die back, the tree produces an abundance of reddish and purple fruits that often persist on the branches into autumn. The tree usually attracts a wide assortment of birds and wildlife who favour the tasty fruit as a dietary staple.

The Amelanchier arborea Robin Hill grows best in full sun or partial shade. However, for the best autumn foliage colours, the Amelanchier tree should be grown in full sunlight. It prefers a planting location that has rich, acidic soil that is well-draining. It does not tolerate wet-feet, but also cannot withstand periods of drought. Ideally, the soil should be moist but not boggy.

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Thank you for contacting Toronto Master Gardeners about your Robin Hill Serviceberry (Amelanchier x grandiflora ‘Robin Hill’) a cultivated variety of the hybrid between two native serviceberries, downy serviceberry (Amelanchier arborea) and Allegheny serviceberry (Amelanchier laevis) which are all members of the Rose family. Unfortunately, Robin Hill is susceptible to rust and leaf spots. See this useful article for description, advice and management strategies: https://www.mortonarb.org/trees-plants/tree-and-plant-advice/help-diseases/cedar-apple-rust

The Missouri Botanical Garden article: https://www.missouribotanicalgarden.org/gardens-gardening/your-garden/help-for-the-home-gardener/advice-tips-resources/pests-and-problems/diseases/rusts/cedar-apple-rust.aspx provides clear information on the rust cycle which requires two hosts: a juniper and your serviceberry. The fungus responsible for infecting your serviceberry is cedar-hawthorn rust (Gymnosporangium globosum) While the common names of the various rust infections are termed cedar- the alternative host, eastern red cedar’s botanical name is Juniperus virginiana. The life cycle is explained and Integrated Pest Management Strategies are listed.

The Cornell University article includes a graphic describing the disease cycle and management strategies.

Our long, cool, and very wet spring weather contributed to the various rusts infecting the various rosaceous species.

Be sure to purchase a product for rust control that is approved for Ontario use.

We wish you well in combating this distressing fungal disease

I spend all summer fascinated by the things beneath my feet, but by autumn my gaze rises. In these darker months, I plan routes and take detours just to look at my favourite trees: a neighbour’s front garden with interesting bark to inspect, a brilliant shock of autumn colour or a car park with an unusual specimen – I hunt them all out hungrily.

Every garden needs a tree or two. The right tree will bring height, seasonal interest and, with that, a snack or two for wildlife. I recently watched a blackbird go dizzy with excitement when a juneberry, Amelanchier lamarckii, was planted in a London front garden, realising it was in for a treat with all those dark, lustrous berries to eat.

Juneberries (aka snowy mespilus) make wonderful garden trees. In early summer, they are covered in white blossom that’s perfect for bees; in late summer, this turns to berries that taste remarkably like blueberries; and by autumn the whole tree turns a buttery yellow.

A 2-3m tree of this nature won’t be cheap, especially if you want an airy, effortless Chelsea-esque look where the stems have been crown-lifted a metre or so. Such a tree will easily set you back a grand or more, and will require several people to lever it into place. If, however, you can be patient and are prepared to do the pruning yourself over a number of years (left to itself, a juneberry is quite a straggly thing), buy a 1.5m-tall specimen for £160 or so. Or if you are on a tight budget but have grand dreams, get some seed from Agroforestry Research Trust, and in 15 years you’ll have the great satisfaction of having grown something of a decent stature.

Juneberry can be grown as a large shrub – I’ve seen it successfully made into a hedge or multi-stemmed tree that can eventually reach 7m tall. Amelanchier x grandiflora ‘Robin Hill’ has a dense, upright crown and can be grown as a single-stemmed tree.

Another tree that is ornamental, seasonal and suitable for smaller gardens is the snake-bark maple, Acer capillipes, with rivulets of white on green snaking down its bark; in autumn, its leaves burnish a brilliant red. It grows to 5-8m in height. Or there’s ornamental crab apple, such as Malus trilobata, which has a tight, pyramidal canopy and distinct lobed leaves that turn bright red in autumn. M. ‘Evereste’ has bright red crab apples and a similarly tight habit.

I’d also love to see more front gardens growing the Cornelian cherry, Cornus mas, a dogwood from central Europe. If you want nothing but tree, you can grow it as a large, bushy shrub with branches from ground level, or you can buy it as a single-stemmed specimen. In early spring, it is covered in bright yellow flowers that appear before the leaves, then in summer there are edible, though sour, cherries. In autumn, the leaves turn a perfect sort of deep purple.

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