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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

    Next deliveries

    Deliveries from January 2021 (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

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

    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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