Sorbus japonica

  • 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. 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.

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How to grow

Sorbus japonica is easy to grow and will suit most situation.

Sorbus japonica characteristics

Growing

  • Attractive features: Attractive tree / plant Attractive foliage Autumn foliage colour
  • Height 10 years: 3m-5m / 10ft-16ft
  • Growth habit: Upright
  • Growth rate: Average
  • Vigour: Average vigour
  • Site conditions: Coastal site Occasional flooding Windy site
  • Sunlight: Tolerates shade Prefers full sun
  • Useful for: Small spaces Street / amenity Specimen planting
  • Pruning: Light prune
  • Gardening skill: Suitable for beginners

Identification

  • Country of origin: Japan
  • Flowering month: May
  • Flower colour: White
  • Leaf colour: Green
  • Leaf colour - autumn: Multiple tints
  • Fruit colour: Red
  • Annual cycle: Deciduous

Using

  • Wildlife: 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.