Sorbus cashmiriana Kashmir rowan

  • Kashmir rowan
  • Kashmir rowan blossom
  • Height 10 years: 3m-5m / 10ft-16ft
  • Growth habit: Upright
  • Leaf colour - autumn: Orange / Gold
  • Fruit colour: White

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.

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 trees for sale

Height in 10 years
Price inc. VAT
1-year Kashmir rowan tree - bare root
2.5m-3.5m tall after 10 years
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2-year Kashmir rowan tree - in a 12L pot
2.5m-3.5m tall after 10 years
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What will it look like?

Illustrative example of a pot-grown tree of this variety as supplied. (Approx. girth: 6/8). Trees should reach their mature height after about 10 or more years.

Sorbus Cashmiriana

We may also have 1-year bare-root trees of this variety - they are not shown here.

Leaves may not be present during winter, and we may prune some shoots to fit the delivery carton. Size may vary during the season and between batches. The container (if supplied) is only used for transporting the tree, which should then be planted out in the garden or in a much larger patio planter (not all species are suitable for patio planting).

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.

Kashmir rowan characteristics


  • Attractive features: Attractive flowers Attractive fruit Autumn foliage colour
  • Height 10 years: 3m-5m / 10ft-16ft
  • Growth habit: Upright
  • Growth rate: Slow
  • Vigour: Slightly small
  • Site conditions: Coastal site Occasional flooding
  • Useful for: Open spaces
  • Hardiness rating (RHS): H6 (to -20C)
  • Pruning: Light prune
  • Disease resistance: Good
  • Gardening skill: Suitable for beginners


  • Flowering month: May
  • Flower colour: Pink - light
  • Leaf colour: Green Grey-green
  • Leaf colour - young: Green
  • Leaf colour - autumn: Orange / Gold
  • Fruit colour: White
  • Annual cycle: Deciduous
  • Awards: RHS Award of Garden Merit


  • Fruit persistence: Persistent
  • Wildlife: Attractive to birds

Similar varieties

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

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.

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