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Sorbus commixta
Embley has received the RHS Award of Garden Merit

Embley is an attractive Rowan tree, featuring cascades of white flowers in late spring, which turn into bright scarlet berries in early autumn - and are popular with birds.

Embley is one of the best rowans for autumn colour, the leaves readily taking on bright red hues as winter approaches.

Embley is a form of the Japanese Rowan species, Sorbus commixta. Overall this species is quite similar to our native Rowan, perhaps a bit more spreading in habit. It makes a good choice if you are looking for a red-berry rowan that is a bit different. 

Embley rowan trees for sale

    Sorry we have not produced any trees of this variety this season.

    How to grow

    Embley is easy to grow, cold hardy, and tolerates most situations. 


    Sorbus commixta is native to Japan and Korea, and was introduced to western gardeners at the end of the 19th century. Embley was developed in the UK by the Hillier Nursery.

    Embley characteristics

    • Gardening skillBeginner
    • AwardsRHS AGM (current) - 1993
    • Attractive featuresAttractive flowersAttractive fruitAutumn foliage colour
    • Growth habitUpright-spreading / Vase
    • Height after 10 years3m-5m / 10ft-16ft
    • SunlightPrefers full sun
    • Growth rateAverage
    • Site conditionsSheltered site
    • WildlifeAttractive to birds
    • Flower colourWhite
    • Flowering monthMay
    • Leaf colourGreen
    • Leaf colour - autumnOrange / Red
    • Leaf/Flower sequenceLeaves appear first
    • Fruit colourRed
    • Fruit persistencePersistent
    • Country of originUnited Kingdom
    • Annual cycleDeciduous

    How to choose a Rowan or Whitebeam tree

    We list more than 50 Sorbus (rowan and whitebeam) trees. Choosing can be difficult! Our article explaining the different berry and leaf colours might help narrow down the selection.