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Sorbus - Rowan Trees

The trees in the Sorbus genus are from the Rosaceae family and most of these fantastic trees are native to China. Sorbus trees are commonly known as Rowan, Mountain Ash or Whitebeam trees; notably, despite the common name of 'Mountain Ash', these trees are not related to ash trees – but some varieties do have similar leaves to that of an ash. The leaves are divided up into attractive leaflets, which are often pinnate in shape, and many varieties feature fantastic autumn leaf colour. These trees are deciduous so they will lose their leaves in autumn, but they have added autumn interest with the clusters of fruit, and these usually hold on well into winter. The highly distinctive berry-like fruits make a stunning autumn display and they are great for attracting wildlife to your garden too. If you want to attract birds to your garden they try planting one of the more colourful fruiting varieties, like the 'Joseph Rock', and this variety is actually known as the 'bird catcher' because the golden yellow berries prove to be irresistible to birds. Instead of letting the birds take the berries, you could actually pick them and make your own rowan jelly – this is a great accompaniment to game-based dishes and it adds a tangy twist.

In terms of uses in the garden, Sorbus trees are great for adding height and structure and they look particularly effective when they are planted in a row in front of a wall or fence. You can try planting alternate varieties next to each other to create an appealing autumnal display of colour.

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Sorbus Autumn Spire - Berries

Sorbus Autumn Spire

Rowan Tree

Common Name: Autumn Spire Mountain Ash TreeLatin Name: Sorbus aucuparia 'Autumn Spire'Soil: Most soilsPosition: Full sun or partial shadeFlowering period/colour: April to May/WhiteHardiness: Fully hardyHeight/spread in 20 years: 6m x 3mSpecial features: Compact, columnar habit. Clusters of white flowers. Ornamental red berries. Brilliant autumn foliage.The Autumn Spire Mountain Ash Tree, known as Sorbus aucuparia 'Autumn Spire', is a striking addition to any garden. Its compact, columnar habit makes it a perfect choice for smaller spaces, providing vertical growth without overwhelming the area.Thriving in well-drained soil and adaptable to both full sun and partial shade, the Autumn Spire Mountain Ash Tree shows clusters of beautiful white flowers in spring, that are sure to light up any garden. As the seasons progress, the tree transforms, bearing ornamental red berries that attract wildlife and add a dash of colour to the landscape.One of the most enticing features of the Autumn Spire Mountain Ash Tree is its brilliant autumn foliage. As the leaves change, they transition to vibrant shades of orange, red, and yellow, creating a stunning backdrop season after season.With a projected height of 6 metres and a spread of 3 metres in 20 years, this tree is well-suited for gardens of many different sizes. Whether planted as a focal point in a small garden, part of a mixed planting scheme, or used to line pathways, the Autumn Spire Mountain Ash Tree promises year-round interest.

Pick up an Autumn Spire Mountain Ash Tree today and enjoy its ever changing colourful display throughout the year.

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Sorbus aucuparia - Fruits

Sorbus aucuparia

Mountain Ash Rowan Tree

Common Name: Mountain Ash, Quicken tree, RowanLatin Name: Sorbus aucupariaSoil: Moist but well-drainedPosition: Full sunFlowering period/colour: May to June/WhiteHardiness: Fully hardyHeight/spread in 20 years: 6m x 3mSpecial features: Attractive red berries in autumn. Sorbus aucuparia is a British native that boasts delightful spring flowers, luscious green leaves and a vivid autumnal show of colour from both foliage and fruit: this really is a tree with so much to offer. In spring, the luscious green foliage emerges and brings the tree to life: the leaves are made up of pinnate leaflets that are serrated at their edges and pointed at their tips. In late spring and early summer, clusters of delicate white flowers appear. The tiny, single, creamy-white flowers pop up all over the tree and are somewhat alluring to bees and insects as they radiate light and sweet scent. Autumn is by far the most exciting time for the delightful Aucuparia: it puts on a stunning show of colour before the leaves fall for winter. The feathery leaves turn to firey shades of deep red, burnt orange, which adds a real burst of colour to the garden as the dark nights draw in. At the same time, clusters of dazzling ruby-red berries adorn the branches and the juicy berries are irresistible to birds. The berries can disappear quickly, so if you want the fruit for rowan jelly, pick them as soon as they are ripe to avoid disappointment. Once mature, this Rowan forms a fairly open and somewhat broad-headed tree: it makes a great specimen but also works well in groups. The Aucuparia, which is widely found across Britain and parts of Europe, is a tree that is tolerant of a range of conditions. This native Rowan can thrive in a range of soil types, but it does require the soil to be moist yet well-drained. Plant this tree in a sunny spot in your garden to see it flourish. We would recommend planting it alongside the delightful Sorbus Eastern Promise as the rosy pink berries of the Eastern Promise sit beautifully against the glossy red berries of the Aucuparia.

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Sorbus Joseph Rock - Fruits

Sorbus Joseph Rock

Mountain Ash Tree

Common Name: Rocks Mountain AshLatin Name: Sorbus 'Joseph Rock'Soil: Moist but well-drained or well-drained.Position: Full sunFlowering period/colour: April to May/Creamy whiteHardiness: Fully hardyHeight/Spread in 20 years: 6m x 3mSpecial features: Attractive lemon-yellow berriesSorbus Joseph Rock, the beautiful Mountain Ash Tree, brings something special to any landscape. Known for its vibrant late spring to early summer blooms, this tree shows clusters of creamy-white flowers. The pinnate, dark green leaves create a lush canopy, providing shade and a striking visual scene.Hardy and adaptable, Sorbus Joseph Rock thrives in well-drained soil and is equally comfortable in full sun or partial shade. With a projected height of around 6 metres and a spread of 3 metres in 20 years, it’s an ideal choice for smaller gardens or as part of a mixed planting scheme.One of the standout features of this Mountain Ash Tree is its autumn display. At the end of the season, the tree bears a profusion of berries. This adds a splash of colour and attracts all kinds of wildlife to your outdoor space. In true autumnal style, the berries transition from green to shades of red and orange, creating a cosy and picturesque visual.Sorbus Joseph Rock offers the ideal blend of floral charm and autumnal colour. Whether planted as a standalone specimen or incorporated into a larger garden design, this tree is sure to capture the eye of anyone close by. Pick up a Sorbus Joseph Rock today watch it transform your garden.

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Sorbus Copper Kettle - Fruits

Sorbus Copper Kettle

Rowan Tree

Common Name: Rowan TreeLatin Name: Sorbus 'Copper Kettle'Soil: Moist but well-drained or well-drainedPosition: Full sunHardiness: Fully hardyHeight/Spread in 20 years: 6m/4mSpecial features: Copper-coloured foliage. Clusters of creamy-white flowers. Red berries in autumn. Compact and upright habit.The Sorbus 'Copper Kettle', a stunning variation of the beloved rowan tree, is a true gem for any garden. This unique specimen is prized for its striking copper-coloured foliage, which sets it apart from traditional rowan trees.Thriving in well-drained soil and adaptable to a variety of light conditions, Sorbus 'Copper Kettle' is versatile and resilient. In spring, it displays clusters of creamy-white flowers, which add a beautiful backdrop to any space.As the seasons progress, the Sorbus 'Copper Kettle' undergoes a transformation. In summer, its copper-coloured foliage provides a warm and inviting atmosphere.

Come autumn, the tree bears clusters of red berries, which not only add a dash of colour, but also serve as a valuable food source for local wildlife.With a projected height of 6 metres and a spread of 4 metres in 20 years, the Sorbus 'Copper Kettle' is a compact and upright tree, making it suitable for gardens of various sizes. Whether planted as a standalone specimen to showcase its unique foliage or incorporated into a mixed planting structure to enhance visual interest, this rowan tree delivers season after season.

Buy a Sorbus 'Copper Kettle’ today and watch as its foliage gives your garden depth and warmth.

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Sorbus Pink Pagoda - Fruits

Sorbus Pink Pagoda

Mountain Ash Tree

Common Name: Pink Pagoda Mountail Ash TreeLatin Name: Sorbus hupehensis 'Pink Pagoda'Soil: Moist but well-drained or well-drained.Position: Full sun to partial shadeFlowering period/colour: Spring/ Creamy-whiteHardiness: Fully hardyEventual height/spread: 8m/ 5mSpecial features: Graceful weeping habit. Clusters of creamy-white flowers. Pink berries in autumn. Stunning autumn foliage.The Pink Pagoda Mountain Ash Tree, or Sorbus hupehensis 'Pink Pagoda', is a beautiful sight in any garden or landscape. With its graceful weeping habit and stunning seasonal display, it adds character to outdoor spaces.Thriving in well-drained soil and adaptable to varying light conditions, the Pink Pagoda Mountain Ash Tree offers versatility and resilience. In spring, it showers your garden with clusters of creamy-white flowers, creating a striking display.As the year progresses, Sorbus hupehensis transforms and changes. In summer, its lush green foliage provides shade and shelter, while in autumn, it bears clusters of pink berries, adding a splash of colour to the landscape and attracting wildlife.One of the standout features of this tree is its stunning autumn foliage. As the leaves change, they transition to vibrant shades of orange, red, and yellow, creating a picturesque display.With a projected height of 8 metres and a spread of 5 metres in 20 years, the Pink Pagoda Mountain Ash Tree is a presence in any garden. You can plant it as a standalone specimen to showcase its weeping habit or incorporate it into your mixed planting scheme. 

Grab a Sorbus hupehensis today and enjoy its rolling colour, year in, year out.

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Sorbus Lutescens - Foliage

Sorbus aria Lutescens

Whitebeam Tree

Whitebeam Tree, or Sorbus aria 'Lutescens', is a striking tree that will have a real presence in your garden.  This versatile specimen thrives in well-drained, alkaline to neutral soil, but will tolerate most soils. Whitebeam Tree can be planted in either full sun or partial shade and doesn’t require much maintenance. Also, it’s full hardy, so you can plant it in a wide range of garden settings. In spring, the fresh foliage is covered in creamy-white flowers. These blossoms are complemented by the tree's striking silvery-white foliage, which adds a unique visual appeal throughout the growing season. As autumn approaches, Whitebeam Tree produces scarlet-red autumn fruits, which give your space a real autumnal glow. Plus, the vibrant berries make a great snack for local wildlife. The leaves turn yellow before falling. At this time the ornamental bark can be admired with its orange and beige tones. Reaching an approximate height of around 7 metres and a spread of 5 metres over 20 years, Sorbus aria 'Lutescens' is a medium-sized deciduous tree, which makes it the perfect lawn specimen. Enjoy the seasonal changes of this Whitebeam Tree. Add one to your garden today. Common Name: Whitebeam TreeLatin Name: Sorbus aria 'Lutescens'Soil: Most soilsPosition: Full sun or partial shadeFlowering period/colour: April to May/WhiteHardiness: Fully hardyHeight/spread in 20 years: 7m/5mSpecial features: Orange and red fruits in the autumn.

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Sorbus vilmorinii - Berries (early autumn)

Sorbus vilmorinii

Vilmorins Rowan Tree

The Sorbus vilmorinii, known as the Vilmorins Rowan Tree, is a great addition to any gardener’s dream space.

 The Vilmorins Rowan Tree flourishes in well-drained, fertile soil under full sun or partial shade. In spring, flat-headed corymbs of small creamy-white flowers emerge and are later replaced by attractive berries. 

 The berries are one of the best attributes of this tree; they initially have a crimson-pink colour and the colour slowly drains to a near-white colour. Plus, they’re an inviting treat for local wildlife. Before you know it, your garden will be full of the sounds of chirping and buzzing. As autumn rolls around, the foliage transitions from feathery greens to rich reddish hues and purple tones, which add warmth to any landscape.The delicate, fern-like leaves hang gracefully on the arching branches and contrast beautifully with the summer flowers and the autumn berries. 

With an eventual height of 5 metres and a similar spread of 5 metres, the Sorbus vilmorinii invites you to make it a centrepiece of your outdoor haven. With its compact growth habit, it’s a great choice for smaller gardens.

 Enrich the landscape of your outdoor space with the Vilmorins Rowan Tree today! Common Name: Vilmorins Rowan TreeLatin Name: Sorbus vilmoriniiSoil: Most soils except shallow chalkPosition: Full sun or light shadeFlowering period/colour: April to May/ WhiteHardiness: Fully hardyHeight/spread in 20 years: 5m x 5mSpecial features: Small, undemanding tree with great autumnal colours.

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