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Sorbus sargentiana
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Sorbus sargentiana

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

General attributes

Award-winning Award-winning
Text Green Foliage
Text Traditional

Ornamental attributes

Small tree size after 10 years Small tree size after 10 years
Autumn colour Autumn colour
Fruit for wildlife Fruit for wildlife
Clay tolerant Clay tolerant
Wet tolerant Wet tolerant
Tolerates coastal site Tolerates coastal site
Don't prune Don't prune