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Sorbus (Rowan Trees and Whitebeam)

This genus of about 100 species which includes the Mountain Ash (Rowan) and Whitebeam is one of the most diverse and rewarding of tree groups for the garden. The trees are deciduous and are grown for their creamy white blossom, colourful berries, leaf shape and stunning autumn leaf colours. Sorbus berries (particularly aucuparia) can be used to make delicious jellies (similar to crab apple jelly) and are also an excellent source of food for birds. A collection of Sorbus can attract a wide variety of birds over several months as they will take the red berries first, leaving the other colours until later. The trees are generally small to medium in size and are hardy and easy to grow on most soils. They will tolerate windy coastal conditions and urban pollution. Sorbus trees are supplied bare-rooted and will be approximately 1.2m (4ft) high on despatch. Trees are available from late November to late April.

 

Don't forget to include tree stakes and ties on your order. All young trees require staking and for better establishment we strongly advise using Rootgrow when planting (as recommended in RHS planting guidelines).


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Sorbus 'Chinese Lace' (Mountain Ash Tree)New Product
£24.95Sorbus 'Chinese Lace' (Mountain Ash Tree)A close relative to our British native rowan tree, this variety is very special for its deeply cut, drooping, lace-like foliage that is mid-green turning to vibrant shades of orange, red and purple in the autumn. Clusters of white flowers that are popular with bees appear in the late spring and are followed by large bunches of orange-red berries in the autumn that are a feast for birds throughout the winter. Suitable for a wide range of soils but does best in full sun or lightly dappled shade.Buy Now
Sorbus 'Eastern Promise' (Mountain Ash Tree)New Product
£24.95Sorbus 'Eastern Promise' (Mountain Ash Tree)Bred in Hampshire and closely related to our British native rowan, it is the magnificent drooping clusters of large rose-pink berries that make this variety stand out from the rest. The autumn berries are closely followed by a stunning display of autumn foliage as it turns from mid green to shades of deep purple, red and orange. The attractive fern-like leaves and large clusters of creamy-white flowers that appear May to June make this a tree with many seasons of interest and will bees and hungry birds to the garden. Will do well in a wide range of soils but does best in a well drained soil, in full sun or lightly dappled shade. The tree has an upright habit, making it ideal for smaller gardens.Buy Now
Sorbus 'Joseph Rock' (Mountain Ash Tree)New Product
£24.95Sorbus 'Joseph Rock' (Mountain Ash Tree)Closely related to our British native rowan, this popular variety is renowned for its heavy bunches of small brilliant yellow berries which last well in to the winter before they become a treat for hungry birds. In the spring, the tree is covered in clusters of creamy white flowers that are popular with bees. The pinnate foliage is light/mid green, turning vibrant red, orange and purple in the autumn and setting off the yellow berries beautifully. An outstanding small tree which will tolerate most soils and can be planted in full sun or lightly dappled shade.Buy Now
Sorbus aria 'Lutescens' (Whitebeam Tree)New Product
£24.95Sorbus aria 'Lutescens' (Whitebeam Tree)This very attractive British native tree looks particularly outstanding when the silvery white, downy young leaves emerge in the spring. Clusters of scented white flowers appear in April-May and the elliptical leaves turn grey-green in the summer. The orange-red berries ripen in the autumn and are popular with the birds. The foliage turns russet and gold in the autumn, complementing the brightly coloured berries. Lutescens can be planted in full sun or lightly dappled shade and will grow well in most soils including dry chalky soil.Buy Now
Sorbus aucuparia 'Asplenifolia' (Cut Leaf Rowan Tree)
£24.95Sorbus aucuparia 'Asplenifolia' (Cut Leaf Rowan Tree)A beautiful variety of our British native rowan, renowned for its beautiful mid-green fern-like leaves that turn to fiery shades of orange and red in the autumn for a lovely show. Corymbs of tiny white flowers that are very attractive to bees appear April-May and are followed by heavy clusters of orange-red berries in the autumn, which are popular with native birds. The tree is medium sized and has an upright habit. Will do well in a wide range of soils but does best in a well drained acid to neutral soil, in full sun or lightly dappled shade.Buy Now
Sorbus aucuparia 'Sheerwater Seedling' (Mountain Ash Tree)New Product
£24.95Sorbus aucuparia 'Sheerwater Seedling' (Mountain Ash Tree)This British native has an upright growing habit, making it ideal for restricted spaces. Pretty creamy-white flowers appear in clusters in the spring and are very popular with bees. The attractive mid/dark green pinnate foliage complements the brilliant orange-red berries that hold on the tree well into winter and are a treat for the birds and can be used to make jelly. The foliage turns to fiery shades of orange and red in the autumn. Suitable for acid soils but will also do well in alkaline conditions.Buy Now
Sorbus aucuparia (Common Mountain Ash Tree)New Product
£24.95Sorbus aucuparia (Common Mountain Ash Tree)Native to Britain, the Common Mountain Ash is very distinctive for its large bunches of bright orange-red berries that are a magnet to birds in the autumn and are excellent for making jelly. The sprays of creamy-white flowers that appear in April-May are very attractive to bees. The mid/dark green pinnate foliage turns deep red in the autumn. The tree will grow particularly well in acid soil but will also tolerate alkaline conditions.Buy Now
Sorbus cashmiriana (Kashmir Rowan Tree)New Product
£24.95Sorbus cashmiriana (Kashmir Rowan Tree)Native to the western Himalayas, this unusual rowan tree is the perfect choice for smaller gardens. It produces large white marble-like berries that are up to an inch in diameter and will hang on the branches all winter as they remain mostly untouched by birds. The flowers are more impressive on this variety than others - they are pinkish-white in colour and appear in clusters from spring to early summer. The mid green pinnate leaves turn to beautiful shades of russet-gold and yellow in the autumn.Buy Now
Sorbus hupehensis 'Pink Pagoda' (Mountain Ash Tree)New Product
£24.95Sorbus hupehensis 'Pink Pagoda' (Mountain Ash Tree)Originating from Canada, this outstanding variety is a close relative of our British native rowan. It produces large open bunches of beautiful vivid pink berries in the autumn that slowly turn pale pink and last well in to winter. The berries not only look lovely, they provide winter food for hungry birds. Clusters of creamy white flowers adorn the branches in the spring and are popular with bees. The large blue-green pinnate leaves are very attractive and turn to shades of red and orange in the autumn. Suitable for most soil types, but prefers a moist, free draining site.Buy Now
Sorbus vilmorinii (Vilmorin's Rowan Tree)New Product
£24.95Sorbus vilmorinii (Vilmorin's Rowan Tree)Perfect for smaller gardens, this is amongst the smallest of rowans and is full of wow factor. Finely formed fern-like foliage hangs gracefully from arching branches and turns from dark green to vibrant shades of red and purple in the autumn. Large heads of creamy white flowers that are popular with bees emerge in the spring and are followed in the autumn by pendulous clusters of rose-pink berries which adorn the branches until winter, fading through pink to almost white. The tree is tolerant of most soil conditions except shallow chalk and can be planted in full sun or partial shade.Buy Now
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