- Height 10 years: 3m-5m / 10ft-16ft
- Growth habit: Upright
- Leaf colour - autumn: Multiple tints
- Fruit colour: Red
Sorbus japonica is one of the less well-known Rowan species, and arguably belongs with the Whitebeams. It is grown mainly for its attractive upright appearance, and good autumn colours.
The leaves are particularly attractive. They are deeply veined, bright green, with serrated edges, and have a downy appearance when young.
The small white flowers appear in late spring.
The red fruitlets are large by rowan standards, and can be cooked.
Sorbus japonica trees for sale
2-year Sorbus japonica tree - in a 12L pot
How to grow
Sorbus japonica is easy to grow and will suit most situation.
We usually graft this variety on a rootstock of Sorbus intermedia (the Swedish Whitebeam) for consistency.
Sorbus japonica characteristics
- Attractive features:
Attractive tree / plant Attractive foliage Autumn foliage colour
- Height 10 years:
3m-5m / 10ft-16ft
- Growth habit:
- Growth rate:
- Site conditions:
Coastal site Occasional flooding Windy site
Tolerates shade Prefers full sun
- Useful for:
Small spaces Street / amenity Specimen planting
- Gardening skill:
Suitable for beginners
- Country of origin:
- Flowering month:
- Flower colour:
- Leaf colour:
- Leaf colour - autumn:
- Fruit colour:
- Annual cycle:
Attractive to birds
How to choose a Rowan or Whitebeam tree
We have a very wide range of Sorbus (rowan and whitebeam) trees. Choosing can be difficult! Our article explaining the different berry and leaf colours might help narrow down the selection.