Mountain Ash and Whitebeam
Description: A spreading, slow growing tree best known for its large, red, sticky buds at the branch tips in winter and spring, rather like those of a horse chestnut tree. The large plume-like red stalked leaves are downy underneath turning rich red in autumn. Creamy white flowers emerge in May-June that are particularly popular with foraging bees, followed by bunches of orangey red berries that hang onto the branches into winter until the birds devour them.
History: Native to western China. Discovered by Ernst Wilson in 1903 and introduced by him in 1908.
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): 4m x 3m