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Sorbus helenae

Sorbus helenae is one of the rarer rowan species, its leaves are larger than other rowans, but with fewer leaflets, giving it a distinctly different appearance. 

Dense clusters of white flowers appear in early summer, and are followed by clusters of pink-speckled white fruitlets. The size of the flower clusters tends to be larger than other rowan species.

The leaves also take on orange and red hues in the autumn.

Unusually for a rowan, Sorbus helenae also has some winter interest, with pink-tipped buds showing against the bare branches.

Sorbus helenae rowan trees for sale

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


    Sorbus helenae originates from China and was discovered in the early 20th century by the plant explorer Ernest Wilson, who named the species after his daughter.

    Sorbus helenae characteristics

    • Gardening skillBeginner
    • Attractive featuresAttractive fruitAutumn foliage colour
    • Growth habitUpright
    • Height after 10 years3m-5m / 10ft-16ft
    • SunlightPrefers full sun
    • PruningLight prune
    • Growth rateAverage
    • Site conditionsCoastal siteOccasional droughtFree-draining siteAir pollution
    • WildlifeAttractive to birds
    • Flower colourWhite
    • Flowering monthMay
    • Leaf colourGreen
    • Leaf colour - autumnOrange / Red
    • Fruit colourWhite
    • Fruit persistencePersistent
    • Country of originChina
    • 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.