Sorbus aucuparia Autumn Spire®
- Height 10 years: 3m-5m / 10ft-16ft
- Growth habit: Columnar / Fastigiate
- Leaf colour - autumn: Orange / Gold
- Fruit colour: Yellow
Autumn Spire has the characteristic feathered leaves of the native Rowan, but grows with a far more columnar habit.
In autumn the leaves turn from blue-green and take on intense red-bronze tints - one of the most coloured of all the Rowans.
The fruitlets are not the usual Rowan-red - they are a bright yellow, contrasting nicely with the autumnal foliage. They can still be used for making Rowan jelly.
If you are looking for a small upright / columnar Rowan tree with spectacular fiery autumn colours, this is the one to choose.
Autumn Spire is sometimes known as Flanrock, after its seed parent, 'Joseph Rock' - which also has particularly good autumn colours.
Autumn Spire trees for sale
1-year Autumn Spire tree - bare root
2-year Autumn Spire tree - in a 12L pot
How to grow
Autumn Spire is more columnar and somewhat smaller than other Rowans, so a good choice if you have a smaller space.
Autumn Spire characteristics
- Attractive features:
Attractive foliage Autumn foliage colour
- Height 10 years:
3m-5m / 10ft-16ft
- Growth habit:
Columnar / Fastigiate
- Growth rate:
- Site conditions:
Coastal site Occasional flooding Windy site
- Useful for:
Open spaces Small spaces Street / amenity
- Disease resistance:
- Gardening skill:
Suitable for beginners
- Country of origin:
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- Flower colour:
- Leaf colour:
- Leaf colour - autumn:
Orange / Gold
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Attractive to birds
An excellent columnar rowan.
Sorbus aucupariaGlendoick Spire
Glendoick Spire is another popular columnar rowan.
Joseph Rock is a parent of Autumn Spire, but has an upright rather than columnar form.
How to choose a Rowan or Whitebeam tree
We have a very wide range of Sorbus (rowan and whitebeam) trees. Choosing can be difficult! Our article explaining the different berry and leaf colours might help narrow down the selection.