Frank P Matthews
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Sorbus trees are also known as Mountain Ash, Rowan trees, and Whitebeam. Lovely white, pink, red and yellow berries appear in autumn alongside a wonderful display of foliage. One of the most diverse range, interesting, and rewarding of tree groups for gardens.
Sorbus berries make delicious jellies similar to crab apples. You have to be quick to get berries from the Sorbus tree, because the birds will take the red berries first, leaving the obviously less appetising other colours until later. This way a collection of Sorbus can attract a wide variety of birds over several months.
The Rowanberry tree is easy to grow in almost any soil. Sorbus trees are very hardy and are tolerant of urban pollution and coastal conditions. Some varieties of rowan trees are very good host trees for mistletoe.
Rowan & Whitebeam
Fruits remain red deep into winter instead of turning whitish as most forms of this species. Bluish green leaves.
Young creamy leaves turn grey-green in summer. White flowers/red berries. Height after 10yrs 5m x 4m.
Rowan or Mountain Ash
Common Rowan with bunches of bright red fruit. Lance shaped leaves, orange in autumn. 5m x 3m after 10yrs.
Very attractive fern like leaves. Upright habit. Large bunches of red berries. Height after 10 years up to 6m.
Orange-copper stems with fern like leaves, yellow in autumn. Clusters of red berries. Medium height.
One of the few true orange fruited Mountain Ash. A neat tree with delicate leaves. Height 3m.
Compact, columnar habit. Yellow berries with reddish centers. Bright green leaves turn purple, red and yellow in autumn
A handsome tree with bluish green leaves and good autumn colours. The fruits remain red deep into winter.
Sticky winter buds, red leaf colour in autumn. Heavy bunches of creamy yellow fruits tinged pink.
Fern like leaves producing good autumn colours and large bunches of rose pink fruits. Small in height.
Upright tree with fern like leaves turning orange and red in autumn. Bright pink berries, great for birds.
Striking white underside to the large heavily veined leaves. White flowers followed by brown fruits.