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Sorbus hupehensis

Sorbus hupehensis

Sorbus hupenhensis is a classic rowan tree, with an attractive upright form and good autumn colours.

Unlike the native rowans, the berries on Sorbus hupenhensis are borne on red shoots and are white for most of the autumn, with a dash of pink near the tips.

The leaves are initially green with a hint of blue, turning orange and red in the autumn.

Sorbus hupehensis rowan trees for sale

  • 11-year bare-root tree £23.95
    Large size (3m-5m after 10 years)
  • 22-year pot-grown tree £49.95
    In a 12L pot
    Large size (3m-5m after 10 years)
Next deliveries

Deliveries from September for pot grown and December for bare-rooted (where items shown in stock).


How to grow

Sorbus hupenhensis is easy to grow, and will tolerate most situations, including windy and exposed locations and climates with short summers.

History

The species Sorbus hupehensis is commonly known as the Hupeh Mountain Ash - Hupeh being a province in central China.

It was one of the first rowan species from China to be introduced to the west in the early 20th century, with well-known collectors such as Wilson and Forrest both sending seeds back from expeditions to the mountains of central China.

Sorbus hupehensis characteristics

  • Gardening skillBeginner
  • Attractive featuresAttractive fruitAutumn foliage colour
  • Height after 10 years3m-5m / 10ft-16ft
  • Flower colourWhite
  • Flowering monthMayJune
  • Leaf colour - autumnMultiple tints
  • Leaf colour - summerGreen
  • Fruit colourPink
  • PruningLight prune
  • Site conditionsCoastal siteOccasional flooding
  • Annual cycleDeciduous
  • WildlifeAttractive to birds
  • Fruit persistencePersistent

Similar varieties

  • See also Pink Pagoda
    Sorbus hupehensis
    Pink Pagoda
    Pink Pagoda features clusters of pale pink fruits in late summer, and good autumn foliage colours.

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.