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.
Compact, columnar habit. Yellow berries with reddish centers. Bright green leaves turn purple, red and yellow in autumn
Unusual deeply cut foliage with stunning autumn colour and dark red berries. Small in height.
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Long lasting heavy clusters of coppery orange fruits. Forms small compact tree with reliable autumn colours.
Fern like leaves producing good autumn colours and large bunches of rose pink fruits. Small in height.
Distinctive, large buds covered in rusty hairs. Long lasting small, dark red fruits. Height after 10 years up to 4m.
Upright tree with fern like leaves turning orange and red in autumn. Bright pink berries, great for birds.
Rowan or Mountain Ash
Hardy, tough but delicate looking tree with large white almost transluscent berries and narrow pinnate leaves.
Small, upright, compact tree. Leaves well coloured in autumn. Clusters of round creamy yellow fruit.
A superb small tree, upright branches. Red winter buds and large leaves. Bright pink fruits hang in clusters.
A strong, upright Mountain Ash with large bunches of oblong, orange-red berries. Lovely autumnal shades.
A small tree with upright habit, pinnate leaves. Fruits are white, heavily flushed and speckled pink.