Deciduous small trees or shrubs which succeed on most soils, given sun and good. The snowy-white are borne in profusion in early spring, before the are fully developed. The purple fruits are edible though rather tasteless and in common with ordinary edible cherries are often eaten by birds. The foliage of most species usually colours well in autumn. Amelanchier canadensis which grows to about 25 ft. (occasionally much taller) is a popular species. Increase by sown outdoors in late summer or early autumn.
AMSONIA Amsonia Tabernaemontana is an attractive though little known plant for the herbaceous border, and should be planted more often by amateurs. It bears clear blue, periwinkle-like flowers on archingin early autumn, grows to about 18 in. and does well in semi-shady positions. Increase by division in March.