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Old Tuesday 21st February 2006, 17:50   #26
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Dave - do you get much in the way of small birds on John Downie? The reason I ask is our birds seem to prefer our smaller fruited crabs to JD.
No, the John Downies I know have been in other gardens. You get the usual Blackbirds pecking at the wind falls but I haven't seen much else feed in them.

Steve Nova is correct when he says that the Amelanchier fruits in late summer and does not provide food when it is most needed. However, I grow it for it's ornamental value not as a wildlife plant so the birds that are attracted to it are still welcomed.

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No, the John Downies I know have been in other gardens. You get the usual Blackbirds pecking at the wind falls but I haven't seen much else feed in them.

Steve Nova is correct when he says that the Amelanchier fruits in late summer and does not provide food when it is most needed. However, I grow it for it's ornamental value not as a wildlife plant so the birds that are attracted to it are still welcomed.

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I agree completely with what you say about the Amelanchiers, Dave, wonderful onamental trees, with superb foliage through the Spring & Summer, but especially in Autumn. Gorgeous when in bloom too. We certainly didn't buy ours for the berries, though it's wonderful to see the Blackbirds on them in late Summer. I've never seen much on a John Downie either, lovely trees and superb for jelly making, but little in the way of Birds. Each to their own though.
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I agree completely with what you say about the Amelanchiers, Dave, wonderful onamental trees, with superb foliage through the Spring & Summer, but especially in Autumn. Gorgeous when in bloom too. We certainly didn't buy ours for the berries, though it's wonderful to see the Blackbirds on them in late Summer. I've never seen much on a John Downie either, lovely trees and superb for jelly making, but little in the way of Birds. Each to their own though.
there's no doubt amelanchier is a very good ornamental and it certainly adds to our mixed hedge (looks interesting as a single species hedge too - check out the pic on hedging.co.uk).

I just have one problem with them. I have heard the fruit are delicious but they get eaten so quickly I never get a chance to get near a ripe one.
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