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Kashmir rowan

  • Kashmir rowan
  • Kashmir rowan blossom

The Kashmir rowan comes from Kashmir and areas near the Himalayas, and is distinctly different from many other rowan species.

It has delicate dark green feathered leaves with grey-green undersides. The leaves turn orange and gold in the autumn.

In late spring it produces tiny pink flowers, which are attractive to birds. The flowers of this species are larger and far more impressive than the small plain white flowers of most rowans.

The fruitlets are long-lived, larger than is usual for rowans, and creamy-white in colour. These persist on the tree into early winter. The leaves fall in early autumn (earlier than in many other rowan species)

Overall, an excellent tree for the smaller garden.

Sorbus cashmiriana

Kashmir rowan rowan trees for sale

  • 11-year bare-root tree £23.95
    Medium size (2.5m-3.5m after 10 years)
    Out of stock
  • 22-year pot-grown tree £47.95
    In a 12L pot
    Medium size (2.5m-3.5m after 10 years)
    Out of stock

How to grow

All rowans are hardy but this one of the hardier species. It is more drought-tolerant than other rowan species.

It is one of the more compact rowans, and a good choice for smaller gardens - in the wild it tends to become a multi-stemmed bush.


The species Sorbus cashmiriana was recently split into two, forming a new species, Sorbus rosea. The main distinction is that the original species tends to have marble-white berries, whereas the new species groups varieties with pink hues. However both species are have relatively large pink-flushed flowers (most rowans have plain white flowers) and both have a relatively spreading habit (most rowans are upright).

Kashmir rowan characteristics

  • Growing

    • Awards:RHS Award of Garden Merit
    • Gardening skill:Beginner
    • Attractive features:Attractive flowersAttractive fruitAutumn foliage colour
    • Growth habit:Upright
    • Height after 10 years:3m-5m / 10ft-16ft
    • Flower colour:Pink - light
    • Flowering month:May
    • Leaf colour - autumn:Orange / Gold
    • Leaf colour - summer:GreenGrey-green
    • Fruit colour:White
    • Pruning:Light prune
    • Growth rate:Slow
    • Site conditions:Coastal siteOccasional flooding
  • Identification

    • Annual cycle:Deciduous
  • Using

    • Wildlife:Attractive to birds
    • Fruit persistence:Persistent

Similar varieties

  • See also Rosiness
    Sorbus rosea
    A small rowan tree with white-pink flowers and cascades of pink berries.

What will it look like?

Illustrative example of a pot-grown tree of this variety as supplied. Approximate girth: 6/8cm. Trees should reach their mature height after about 10 or more years. We may also have 1-year bare-root trees of this variety - they are not shown here.

Sorbus Cashmiriana

How to choose a Rowan or Whitebeam tree

We list more than 50 Sorbus (rowan and whitebeam) trees. Choosing can be difficult! Our article explaining the different berry and leaf colours might help narrow down the selection.