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

Item
Height in 10 years
Price inc. VAT
Quantity
1-year Autumn Spire tree - bare root
2.5m-4m tall after 10 years
£23.95
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2-year Autumn Spire tree - in a 12L pot
2.5m-4m tall after 10 years
£47.95
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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

Growing

  • Attractive features: Attractive foliage Autumn foliage colour
  • Height 10 years: 3m-5m / 10ft-16ft
  • Growth habit: Columnar / Fastigiate
  • Growth rate: Average
  • Vigour: Slightly small
  • Site conditions: Coastal site Occasional flooding Windy site
  • Useful for: Open spaces Small spaces Street / amenity
  • Pruning: Light prune
  • Disease resistance: Good
  • Gardening skill: Suitable for beginners

Identification

  • Country of origin: Ireland
  • Flowering month: May June
  • Flower colour: White
  • Leaf colour: Green
  • Leaf colour - autumn: Orange / Gold
  • Fruit colour: Yellow
  • Annual cycle: Deciduous

Using

  • Fruit persistence: Persistent
  • Wildlife: Attractive to birds

Similar varieties

  • See also Fastigiata Joes
    Betula pendula
    Fastigiata Joes
  • Sorbus aucuparia
    Fingerprint
    An excellent columnar rowan.
  • See also Glendoick Spire
    Sorbus aucuparia
    Glendoick Spire
    Glendoick Spire is another popular columnar rowan.
  • See also Joseph Rock
    Sorbus
    Joseph Rock
    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.