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Sorbus japonica

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 rowan trees for sale

    Next deliveries

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


    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

    • Gardening skillBeginner
    • Attractive featuresAttractive tree / plantAttractive foliageAutumn foliage colour
    • Growth habitUpright
    • Height after 10 years3m-5m / 10ft-16ft
    • Flower colourWhite
    • Flowering monthMay
    • Leaf colour - autumnMultiple tints
    • Leaf colour - summerGreen
    • Fruit colourRed
    • SunlightTolerates shadePrefers full sun
    • PruningLight prune
    • Growth rateAverage
    • Site conditionsCoastal siteOccasional floodingWindy site
    • Country of originJapan
    • Annual cycleDeciduous
    • WildlifeAttractive to birds

    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.