Sorbus Copper Kettle

  • Height 10 years: 3m-5m / 10ft-16ft
  • Growth habit: Upright
  • Leaf colour - autumn: Orange / Red
  • Fruit colour: Yellow / Orange

Copper Kettle is named for its clusters of light copper-coloured fruits, quite different from the traditional rowan-red. Even by rowan standards, the fruits are very persistent, often hanging on into mid-winter.

The fruitlets contrast nicely with the autumnal foliage which takes on red and orange shades.

Copper Kettle grows with an upright habit and is a bit smaller and more compact than most rowans, so a good choice for the smaller garden.

Whilst rowans usually grow true from seed, variations with different characteristics are very common. Copper Kettle is thought to be a seedling of Joseph Rock.

Copper Kettle trees for sale

Order now for delivery from 27th September (pot-grown) or December (bare-root).

Item
Height in 10 years
Price inc. VAT
Quantity
1-year Copper Kettle tree - bare root
2.5m-4m
£23.95
Out of stock
2-year Copper Kettle tree - in a 12L pot
2.5m-4m
£47.95

Prices include VAT if applicable.


What will it look like?

Illustrative example of a pot-grown tree of this variety as supplied. Trees should reach their mature height after about 10 or more years.

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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

Like most rowans, Copper Kettle is hardy and reliable, and will grow in a wide range of soils and situations.

Copper Kettle characteristics

Growing

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

Identification

  • Flowering month: May June
  • Flower colour: White
  • Leaf colour: Green
  • Leaf colour - autumn: Orange / Red
  • Fruit colour: Yellow / Orange
  • Annual cycle: Deciduous
  • Awards: RHS Award of Garden Merit

Using

  • Fruit persistence: Persistent
  • Wildlife: Attractive to birds

Similar varieties

  • See also Joseph Rock
    Sorbus
    Joseph Rock
    A small rowan, with distinctive pale yellow fruitlets. Also one of the best for autumn colour.

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.