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
  • Scented Plants
    Scented flowers - musk-scented, best appreciated from a distance.
  • Soil Conditions
    Neutral to acid soil
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Planting to avoid allergic reactions and asthma
Shrubs and Trees - Seeds - 1) Collecting Seeds
Shrubs and Trees - Seeds - 2) Storing Seeds
Shrubs and Trees - Seeds - 3) Planting Seeds
Sorbus - Growing Guide
Trees - Care Guide

Buy Varieties of SORBUS

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SORBUS aria 'Lutescens'

SORBUS aria 'Lutescens'

Whitebeam

upper surface of leaves covered by creamy while indumentum becoming grey-green later in summer

 
H/Std
£65.00 each 
SORBUS aucuparia

SORBUS aucuparia

Common mountain ash, Quicken tree, Rantry, Rowan

The widespread rowan.

 
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£25.00 each 
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H/Std
£65.00 each 
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SORBUS aucuparia 'Sheerwater Seedling'

SORBUS aucuparia 'Sheerwater Seedling'

Mountain ash, Rowan

A common street tree with a very upright but vigorous habit. Orange-red fruits

 
H/Std
£65.00 each 
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SORBUS 'Autumn Spire'

SORBUS 'Autumn Spire'

Rowan

Compact columnar habit and yellow berries with a red centre

 
H/Std
£65.00 each 
SORBUS caloneura

SORBUS caloneura

Rowan

Rare - these plants are either in short supply, when ordering you may need to go on a waiting list, we will contact you.

 
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£27.50 each 
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SORBUS cashmiriana

SORBUS cashmiriana

Kashmir rowan

Pink or white flowers and spherical white berries which are pink-tinged at first

 
H/Std
£65.00 each 
SORBUS 'Chinese Lace'

SORBUS 'Chinese Lace'

Rowan

Upright tree with pinnate leaves. Small white flowers in late spring followed by orange-red berries

 
H/Std
£65.00 each 
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SORBUS commixta 'Embley'

SORBUS commixta 'Embley'

Chinese scarlet rowan

(syn. Discolor) fine cut foliage, erect, bright red fruits and autumn colour

 
H/Std
£65.00 each 
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SORBUS 'Copper Kettle'

SORBUS 'Copper Kettle'

Rowan

Coppery-coloured long-lasting fruits. Leaves turn red and orange in autumn

 
H/Std
£65.00 each 
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Available Early Spring 2022 - Spring according to the Met office is defined as March 1st - May 31st. Therefore early spring is early March to mid-April. This is not a guaranteed date but an estimate and subject to availability.
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SORBUS folgneri 'Emiel'

SORBUS folgneri 'Emiel'

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
£27.50 each 
H/Std
£65.00 each 
SORBUS harrowiana

SORBUS harrowiana

Rowan

Small flowers in large flattened corymbs followed by pink or pearly-white fruits

 
Whip
£25.00 each 
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Available again from NOVEMBER / DECEMBER 2021 - Despatch will be anytime during November or December as stock becomes available. Bareroot hedging and roses can be delayed by unfavourable weather conditions.
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SORBUS hupehensis

SORBUS hupehensis

Chinese rowan, Hubei rowan

White or white tinged pink fruits and glorious red autumn colour

 
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£30.00 each 
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H/Std
£65.00 each 
SORBUS intermedia

SORBUS intermedia

Swedish whitebeam

green foliage, grey beneath, orange-red berries

 
Whip
£25.00 each 
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Estimated availability autumn 2021 - Not yet confirmed. Could be any time between September and December.
SORBUS 'Joseph Rock'

SORBUS 'Joseph Rock'

Rowan

Fine cut foliage, creamy yellow berries and good autumn colour

 
H/Std
£65.00 each 
SORBUS pseudovilmorinii

SORBUS pseudovilmorinii

Rowan

Fine pinnate leaves and white flowers. Deep pink fruits in autumn, ageing to a paler pink with a white blush

 
H/Std
£65.00 each 
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SORBUS sargentiana

SORBUS sargentiana

Rowan

Leaf buds sticky like an aesculus, rich red autumn colour

 
Whip
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£30.00 each 
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H/STD
£65.00  
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Available Early Spring 2022 - Spring according to the Met office is defined as March 1st - May 31st. Therefore early spring is early March to mid-April. This is not a guaranteed date but an estimate and subject to availability.
SORBUS scalaris

SORBUS scalaris

Rowan

Striking species with dark green glossy leaves, downy underneath which turn to rich red and purple in autumn. Red fruits

 
H/Std
£65.00 each 
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SORBUS thibetica 'John Mitchell'

SORBUS thibetica 'John Mitchell'

Tibetan whitebeam

Rounded leaves covered in white hairs ageing to dark green. Creamy-white flowers and brown berries

 
H/Std
£65.00 each 
SORBUS torminalis

SORBUS torminalis

Chequer(s) tree, Wild service-tree

A rare native tree with scaly bark and maple-like leaves

 
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SORBUS vilmorinii

SORBUS vilmorinii

Rowan

Fern-like leaves in clusters of small leaflets. Fruits are rose-red then pink and white. A suitable species for the smaller garden

 
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£25.00 each 
Gift Wrapping available on this plant
H/Std
£65.00 each 
SORBUS wardii

SORBUS wardii

Tibetan whitebeam

A splendid silvery whitebeam species with a columnar habit

 
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£25.00 each 
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