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Sorbus helenae

  • Sorbus helenae berries
  • Sorbus helenae autumn leaves

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

  • 2-year pot-grown tree £47.95
    In a 12L pot
    Large size (3m-5m after 10 years)
    Out of stock


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

  • Growing

    • Gardening skill:Beginner
    • Attractive features:Attractive fruitAutumn foliage colour
    • Growth habit:Upright
    • Height after 10 years:3m-5m / 10ft-16ft
    • Flower colour:White
    • Flowering month:May
    • Leaf colour - autumn:Orange / Red
    • Leaf colour - summer:Green
    • Fruit colour:White
    • Sunlight:Prefers full sun
    • Pruning:Light prune
    • Growth rate:Average
    • Site conditions:Coastal siteOccasional droughtFree-draining siteAir pollution
  • Identification

    • Country of origin:China
    • Annual cycle:Deciduous
  • Using

    • Wildlife:Attractive to birds
    • Fruit persistence:Persistent

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.