It has opaque green leaves, oval, alternate, indented, as soon as they come out, they are covered by a fine whitish down, and usually they are pinkish.
The trunk is thin, often multiple, and the bark is smooth and dark.
At the beginning of spring, it produces dense clusters of very fragrant white flowers, which bloom for a very short time, especially if the climate is particularly hot, appearing before the leaves; the flowering is usually very showy and decorative.
In summer, it produces small berries, edible, which, when ripe, become red or even purple; inside, there are 4-5 seeds. In autumn, the leaves of the amelanchier give a splendid view, tinged with red-orange.
The Pero corvino – Amelanchier rotundifolia particularly likes the very sunny positions, which favour the flowering and the production of fruits, but it grows well also in semi-shaded areas; it does not develop very well in full shade. They are very rustic shrubs, and do not fear the cold at all, surviving without problems even in the coldest winters.
Soil and watering
The amelanchier do not have great needs as far as the soil is concerned, provided that it is very well drained, in fact they are very afraid of excess water and water stagnations; it is therefore preferable to bury it in universal soil mixed with coarse-grained material, such as pumice stone or perlite. It does not need large quantities of fertilizer, even if it is important to bury a good quantity of organic fertilizer at the base of the tree, in autumn and spring.
The multiplication of the Corvinus pear (Amelanchier rotundifolia) can be done by seed, using the fresh seeds extracted from the ripe fruits in late summer, are sown in a mixture of peat and sand in equal parts and kept in a cool place and not too dry for a few months, usually germinate at the end of winter.
This method is not always recommended, as it is not said that the daughter plants are identical to the mother plant; in order to maintain better the characteristics of the plant to be multiplied, it is better to utilize some basal suckers, which usually grow up in great quantity, to be rooted in pot, with a mixture of peat and sand in equal parts. This method is utilized when we want to propagate a specimen with a particularly abundant flowering or very big fruits.
Pests and diseases
This shrub is not very delicate, but it can be affected by pests and diseases. One of the most common is grey mould; or it can be spoiled by powdery mildew. Sometimes it is attacked by aphids and cochineal. In any case these adversities hardly cause serious problems to the plants of at least 2-3 years.
Ravenworm pear – Amelanchier rotundifolia: Variety
A. alnifolia:native to North America, with small fruits and showy flowering;
A. stolonifera has particularly large and sweet fruits.
A. asiatica is the only native species of the Asian continent.
A. oblongifolia, originating in Canada.
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