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SORBUS

Commonly known as Rowan



Genus of about 100 species of deciduous trees and shrubs, widely distributed in the northern hemisphere.

Vast range of attractive cultivars, most suited to small to average gardens and ideal in woodland settings. Includes the natives Mountain ash, aucuparia, the Whitebeam, aria and Wild service, torminalis.

All are valued for leaf shape, flowers, berries and their benefit to insects and birds. Tolerant of atmospheric pollution.

Further Reading....

  • Deciduous
  • Dwarf shrub - Typically only grows to a maximum of one or two feet in height but there will be some exceptions.
  • Tree
  • Full sun
  • Partial shade - light, dappled shade
  • Additional Features - Good to know - grown for ornamental leaves, large heads of flowers and berries which can be coloured white, yellow, orange, red or brown. Ideal specimen tree in a small garden. Wildlife plant - insects, birds.
  • Pests & Diseases - aphids, sawfly larva, canker, honey fungus, fireblight.
  • Place of origin - widely distributed in northern temperate regions
  • Is Scented Plant - Scented flowers - musk-scented, best appreciated from a distance.
  • Soil Conditions - Neutral to acid soil
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Buy Varieties of SORBUS

SORBUS aria 'Lutescens'   AWARD

SORBUS aria 'Lutescens'  >


Commonly known as: Whitebeam.
upper surface of leaves covered by creamy while indumentum becoming grey-green later in summer
H/Std £50.00 each

SORBUS aucuparia

SORBUS aucuparia  >


Commonly known as: Common mountain ash, Quicken tree, Rantry, Rowan.
The widespread rowan.
Whip £15.00 each
H/Std £50.00 each
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SORBUS aucuparia 'Sheerwater Seedling'  AWARD

SORBUS aucuparia 'Sheerwater Seedling'  >


Commonly known as: Mountain ash, Rowan.
A common street tree with a very upright but vigorous habit. Orange-red fruits
H/Std £50.00 each
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SORBUS 'Autumn Spire'   AWARD

SORBUS 'Autumn Spire'  >


Commonly known as: Rowan.
Compact columnar habit and yellow berries with a red centre
H/Std £50.00 each
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SORBUS cashmiriana   AWARD

SORBUS cashmiriana  >


Commonly known as: Kashmir rowan.
Pink or white flowers and spherical white berries which are pink-tinged at first
H/Std £50.00 each

SORBUS 'Chinese Lace'

SORBUS 'Chinese Lace'  >


Commonly known as: Rowan.
Upright tree with pinnate leaves. Small white flowers in late spring followed by orange-red berries
H/Std £50.00 each

SORBUS commixta 'Embley'  AWARD

SORBUS commixta 'Embley'  >


Commonly known as: Chinese scarlet rowan.
(Syn. Discolor) fine cut foliage, erect, bright red fruits and autumn colour
H/Std £50.00 each

SORBUS folgneri 'Emiel'  AWARD

SORBUS folgneri 'Emiel'  >


Commonly known as: Rowan.
This has proved to be a superb tree for its orange berries and autumn colour at Caerhays. Narrow light green leaves which are white underneath
Whip £22.50 each

SORBUS forrestii   AWARD

SORBUS forrestii  >


Commonly known as: Rowan.
Blue-green leaves and small white fruits tinged pink
Whip £17.50 each
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SORBUS hemsleyi

SORBUS hemsleyi  >


Commonly known as: Rowan.
Grey-green young leaves with a white down underneath. White flowers and brown fruits
£25.00 each

SORBUS hupehensis   AWARD

SORBUS hupehensis  >


Commonly known as: Chinese rowan, Hubei rowan.
White or white tinged pink fruits and glorious red autumn colour
Whip £17.50 each
H/Std £50.00 each

SORBUS intermedia

SORBUS intermedia  >


Commonly known as: Swedish whitebeam.
green foliage, grey beneath, orange-red berries
Whip £25.00 each
H/Std £45.00 each
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SORBUS 'Joseph Rock'

SORBUS 'Joseph Rock'  >


Commonly known as: Rowan.
Fine cut foliage, creamy yellow berries and good autumn colour
H/Std £50.00 each
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SORBUS pseudovilmorinii

SORBUS pseudovilmorinii  >


Commonly known as: Rowan.
Fine pinnate leaves and white flowers. Deep pink fruits in autumn, ageing to a paler pink with a white blush
H/Std £50.00 each

SORBUS sargentiana   AWARD

SORBUS sargentiana  >


Commonly known as: Rowan.
Leaf buds sticky like an aesculus, rich red autumn colour
Whip £25.00 each

SORBUS scalaris

SORBUS scalaris  >


Commonly known as: Rowan.
Striking species with dark green glossy leaves, downy underneath which turn to rich red and purple in autumn. Red fruits
H/Std £50.00 each

SORBUS thibetica 'John Mitchell'  AWARD

SORBUS thibetica 'John Mitchell'  >


Commonly known as: Tibetan whitebeam.
Rounded leaves covered in white hairs ageing to dark green. Creamy-white flowers and brown berries
H/Std £50.00 each
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SORBUS torminalis

SORBUS torminalis  >


Commonly known as: Chequer(s) tree, Wild service-tree.
A rare native tree with scaly bark and maple-like leaves
Whip £17.50 each
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SORBUS vilmorinii

SORBUS vilmorinii  >


Commonly known as: Rowan.
Fern-like leaves in clusters of small leaflets. Fruits are rose-red then pink and white. A suitable species for the smaller garden
Whip £20.00 each
H/Std £50.00 each
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SORBUS wardii

SORBUS wardii  >


Commonly known as: Tibetan whitebeam.
A splendid silvery whitebeam species with a columnar habit
Whip £25.00 each
Large £45.00 each
H/STD £55.00 

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