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Sorbus Leonard Messel
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Sorbus 'Leonard Messel'

Mountain Ash and Whitebeam

Description: A superb, small, oval-shaped tree with upright branches. The winter buds are red and the leaves unusually large with many leaflets turning shades of orange, gold and sometimes purple before falling in autumn. Pretty clusters of pink hanging fruit follow the white flowers in late spring and early summer.

History: Raised in 1949 by Col. L.C.R. Messel. Received the Royal Horticultural Society's Award of Garden Merit.

Sorbus Growing Tips: Grow in moderately fertile, humus-rich, well-drained soil in full sun or light shade. Hardy and tolerant of urban pollution and coastal conditions.

Height and Spread (after 10 years): 3m x 2m

General attributes

Award-winning Award-winning
Text Green Foliage
Text Bushy

Ornamental attributes

Small tree size after 10 years Small tree size after 10 years
Autumn colour Autumn colour
Fruit for wildlife Fruit for wildlife
Chalk tolerant Chalk tolerant
Clay tolerant Clay tolerant
Wet tolerant Wet tolerant
Tolerates coastal site Tolerates coastal site
Replacement prune Replacement prune