A shrub or small tree mostly growing on acidic, usually sandy soils and naturalised in open woodland (often Quercus or Betula), wood borders and scrub, and on dry heaths and roadsides. Lowland.
Introduced into cultivation in 1746, A. lamarckii is widely planted for ornament, and is considered to be the only Amelanchier naturalised in Britain (Schroeder, 1970). It was first recorded from the wild in 1887 (Middlesex); on the New Forest (S. Hants.) and Surrey heaths it was initially planted and is now spreading from bird-sown fruits (Brewis et al., 1996).
Native of N. America; naturalised in N.W. Europe.
PLANTATT - Attributes of British and Irish plants. (.zip 1455KB) This dataset was compiled and published in 2004, and last updated in November 2008. Download includes an Excel spreadsheet of the attributes, and a PDF explaining the background and nomenclature. Note that the PDF version is the booklet as published, whereas the Excel spreadsheet incorporates subsequent corrections. A hardcopy can be purchased from the Centre for Ecology and Hydrology.