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Copper Kettle

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.

Copper Kettle rowan trees for sale

  • 2-year pot-grown tree £47.95
    In a 12L pot
    Medium size (2.5m-3.5m after 10 years)
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Deliveries from September for pot grown and December for bare-rooted (where items shown in stock).

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.


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 characteristics

  • AwardsRHS Award of Garden Merit
  • Gardening skillBeginner
  • Attractive featuresAttractive fruitAttractive tree / plantAutumn foliage colour
  • Growth habitSpreading
  • Height after 10 years3m-5m / 10ft-16ft
  • Flower colourWhite
  • Flowering monthMayJune
  • Leaf colour - autumnOrange / Red
  • Leaf colour - summerGreen
  • Fruit colourYellowYellow / Orange
  • PruningLight prune
  • Growth rateAverage
  • Site conditionsCoastal siteOccasional flooding
  • Annual cycleDeciduous
  • WildlifeAttractive to birds
  • Fruit persistencePersistent

Similar varieties

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

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.

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