Sorbus Copper Kettle

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

Copper Kettle features clusters of coppery-amber fruits, which turn a golden yellow as autumn progresses.

Even by rowan standards, the fruits are very persistent, often hanging on into mid-winter.

The leave are pale green over the summer, gradually taking on bronze tints in late summer, and finishing the autumn with bright red and orange shades which are just as vivid as many maples.

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

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

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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. It grows with a pleasing habit, more spreading than many rowans.

Copper Kettle characteristics

Growing

  • Attractive features: Attractive fruit Attractive tree / plant Autumn foliage colour
  • Height 10 years: 3m-5m / 10ft-16ft
  • Growth habit: Spreading
  • 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.