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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.
Dwarf shrub Typically only grows to a maximum of one or two feet in height but there will be some exceptions.
Light, dappled shade
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 flowers - musk-scented, best appreciated from a distance.
Neutral to acid soil
- Allergic reactions and pollen
- Plants which produce masses of pollen - to avoid
- Plants producing little pollen - relatively safe!
- When is the right time to collect seeds?
- When are seeds actually ripe and ready for collection?
- Magnolia seed collection - Video Tip ondemand_video
- Cornus capitata seed collection - Video Tip ondemand_video
- Rhododendron seed collecting - Video Tip ondemand_video
- Camellia seed collection - Video Tip ondemand_video
- Storing seeds over winter
- Embothrium Collecting and Storing Seeds
- Decaisnea Seed Collection & Potting
- How to plant a tree - Video Tip ondemand_video
- How to plant a tree
- Ties - Video Tip ondemand_video
- Restaking fallen young trees - Video Tip ondemand_video
- Fallen old tree - Video Tip ondemand_video
- Clearing up fallen beech tree - Video Tip ondemand_video
- Spring pruning - Video Tip ondemand_video
- Removing side shoots - Video Tip ondemand_video
- Pruning and Shaping Magnolia - Video Tip ondemand_video
- Deer protection - Video Tip ondemand_video
- Weed Spraying - Video Tip ondemand_video
- Removing Ivy - Video Tip ondemand_video
- Removing wire protection - Video Tip ondemand_video
- Tree Survey - Video Tip ondemand_video
- Crown uplift - Video Tip ondemand_video
- Removing shoots below graft - Video Tip ondemand_video
- Removing peeling bark - Video Tip ondemand_video
- Maintaining variegation - Video Tip ondemand_video
Buy Varieties of SORBUS
upper surface of leaves covered by creamy while indumentum becoming grey-green later in summer
The widespread rowan.
A common street tree with a very upright but vigorous habit. Orange-red fruits
Compact columnar habit and yellow berries with a red centre
Rare - these plants are either in short supply, when ordering you may need to go on a waiting list, we will contact you.
Pink or white flowers and spherical white berries which are pink-tinged at first
Upright tree with pinnate leaves. Small white flowers in late spring followed by orange-red berries
(syn. Discolor) fine cut foliage, erect, bright red fruits and autumn colour
Coppery-coloured long-lasting fruits. Leaves turn red and orange in autumn
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
Small flowers in large flattened corymbs followed by pink or pearly-white fruits
White or white tinged pink fruits and glorious red autumn colour
green foliage, grey beneath, orange-red berries
Fine cut foliage, creamy yellow berries and good autumn colour
Fine pinnate leaves and white flowers. Deep pink fruits in autumn, ageing to a paler pink with a white blush
Leaf buds sticky like an aesculus, rich red autumn colour
Striking species with dark green glossy leaves, downy underneath which turn to rich red and purple in autumn. Red fruits
Rounded leaves covered in white hairs ageing to dark green. Creamy-white flowers and brown berries
A rare native tree with scaly bark and maple-like leaves
Fern-like leaves in clusters of small leaflets. Fruits are rose-red then pink and white. A suitable species for the smaller garden
A splendid silvery whitebeam species with a columnar habit