Q Why does my 8-year-old ame­lanchier have no fruit and lit­tle au­tumn colour?

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A Ame­lanchier gran­di­flora ‘Robin Hill’ is a lovely small tree that dif­fers from most ame­lanchiers in its pink flow­ers in spring, but it should also have bril­liant au­tumn colour and fruits that the birds can en­joy. It’s gen­er­ally easy to grow and tol­er­ates most soils. The au­tumn fo­liage can be rather fleet­ing, es­pe­cially in windy au­tumns but the lack of fruits is strange if it oc­curs ev­ery year. Per­haps it’s in a cold, ex­posed site? This could im­pede pol­li­na­tion when the flow­ers open. or the soil is too dry?

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