Wednesday, April 29, 2015


When I first saw this I thought it must be a Prunus of some sort, but after a good look through the guides I discovered that it is in fact an introduced plant from North America called Juneberry or Amelanchier lamarckii. Weirdly it is not actually found in the wild in Canada, where it is thought to have originated from in the seventeenth century. It is thought to be a hybrid from two Amelanchier species there. Being apomictic (see Dandelion post) it breeds true from seed. I was struck by the delicate leaves with their reddish hue and the finely spaced petals of the flowers.
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