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Cultural Details for Amelanchier x grandiflora 'Robin Hill'

Common Name:
Robin Hill Apple Serviceberry

Growth Rate:
Medium, 9-10' in 5-8 year period.

Average Mature Height:
20-30' Oval, rounded, upright, spreading form

Average Mature Width:

Flower Details:
Appear in March or April. Flower bud starts light pink, fades to white as it opens. Flowers are perfect, 5 petals, white, borne in pendulous racemes 2-4" long. Color is intense in cool weather but fades rapidly if the weather is hot and dry.

Fruit Details:
Berry-like pome, orange-shaped, 0.25-0.33" diameter changing from green to red and finally to purplish-black, bloomy, slightly sweetish, and birds love them; ripens in June maturing over 3-4 weeks.

Fall Color:

Bark Details:
Grayish, smooth but streaked with longitudinal fissures, often with a reddish cast, very ornamental; in extreme age becomes ridged, furrowed, and scaly; Multi-stemmed trunk

Disease / Insect Problems or Resistance:
Newer cultivars are free of any serious insects and diseases

Native Habitat:
Introduced 1958. Origin: Robin Hill Arboretum, Lyndonville, NY (Wm. A. Smith)

Other Features:
Very pleasing in a naturalistic planting, blends in well on the edges of woodlands, near ponds and stream-banks; blends into shrub borders especially with evergreen background. Clumping habit due to sucker growth

Culture and Care:
Transplant B&B/container into moist, well-drained, acid soil; full sun or part shade. Not tolerant of pollution or high-stress conditions. Zone 4-9. Water: average to wet.

This plant was blooming:
4/3/2010 - 4/7/2010

Plantings of this cultivar at Boone County Arboretum:
1015, 1016, 1017

    The information on this page may have come from one or more of the following sources:
  • Dirr, Michael. Manual of Woody Landscape Plants. Stipes Publishing. 1998.
  • Hightshoe, Gary L. Native Trees, Shrubs, and Vines for Urban and Rural America. John Wiley & Sons. 1988.
  • North Carolina Extension Plant Fact Sheets.
  • University of Connecticut Plant Database.