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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

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

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

  • Growing

    • Gardening skill:Beginner
    • Attractive features:Attractive tree / plantAttractive foliageAutumn foliage colour
    • Growth habit:Upright
    • Height after 10 years:3m-5m / 10ft-16ft
    • Flower colour:White
    • Flowering month:May
    • Leaf colour - autumn:Multiple tints
    • Leaf colour - summer:Green
    • Fruit colour:Red
    • Sunlight:Tolerates shadePrefers full sun
    • Pruning:Light prune
    • Growth rate:Average
    • Site conditions:Coastal siteOccasional floodingWindy site
  • Identification

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

    • Wildlife:Attractive 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.