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Leonard Messel

Leonard Messel leaves and fruitlets

Leonard Messel is an attractive small rowan tree. Its main feature is the clusters of bright pink berries in the autumn.

The leaves of Leonard Messel are highly feathered, and larger than most other rowans.

The tree grows with a tidy upright habit, but more spreading than most rowans.

Leonard Messel rowan trees for sale

    Next deliveries

    Deliveries from January 2021 (where items shown in stock).

    Leonard Messel characteristics

    • Gardening skillBeginner
    • AwardsRHS Award of Garden Merit
    • Attractive featuresAttractive fruitAutumn foliage colour
    • Growth habitUpright-spreading
    • Height after 10 years3m-5m / 10ft-16ft
    • PruningDo not prune
    • Site conditionsCoastal siteOccasional flooding
    • Flower colourWhite
    • Flowering monthMayJune
    • Leaf colourGreen
    • Leaf colour - autumnMultiple tints
    • Fruit colourPink
    • Fruit persistencePersistent
    • WildlifeAttractive to birds
    • Annual cycleDeciduous

    Similar varieties

    • See also Eastern Promise
      Eastern Promise
      Features feathered leaves, and pink-red fruitlets.
    • See also Pink Charm
      Sorbus vilmorinii
      Pink Charm
      A small rowan with a spreading habit, large feathered leaves, and bright pink berries.
    • See also Pink Ness
      Pink Ness
      A very upright rowan tree, with pretty pink fruitlets.
    • See also Pink Pagoda
      Sorbus hupehensis
      Pink Pagoda
      Pink Pagoda features clusters of pale pink fruits in late summer, and good autumn foliage colours.
    • See also Pink Pearl
      Pink Pearl
      A small upright rowan tree with clusters of pink-flecked white fruitlets.
    • See also Sorbus vilmorinii
      Sorbus vilmorinii
      Sorbus vilmorinii
      The main feature of this Rowan trees is the pink fruitlets, which turn white as autumn progresses. It is one of the smaller Sorbus species, but also one of the more spreading.

    What will it look like?

    Illustrative example of a pot-grown tree of this variety as supplied. Approximate girth: 6/8cm. Trees should reach their mature height after about 10 or more years.

    Sorbus Leonard Messel

    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.