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Leonard Messel

Sorbus
Leonard Messel leaves and fruitlets
Leonard Messel has received the RHS Award of Garden Merit

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

  • 11-year bare-root tree £32.95
    Medium size (2.5m-3.5m after 10 years)
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  • 23-year pot-grown tree £54.95
    In a 12L pot
    Medium size (2.5m-3.5m after 10 years)
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Leonard Messel characteristics

  • Gardening skillBeginner
  • AwardsRHS AGM (current) 2012
  • Attractive featuresAttractive fruitAutumn foliage colour
  • Growth habitUpright-spreading / Vase
  • Height after 10 years3m-5m / 10ft-16ft
  • PruningDo not prune
  • Site conditionsCoastal siteOccasional flooding
  • WildlifeAttractive to birds
  • Flower colourWhite
  • Flowering monthMayJune
  • Leaf colourGreen
  • Leaf colour - autumnMultiple tints
  • Fruit colourPink
  • Fruit persistencePersistent
  • Annual cycleDeciduous

Similar varieties

  • See also Eastern Promise
    Sorbus
    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
    Sorbus
    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
    Sorbus
    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. We may also have 1-year bare-root trees of this variety - they are not shown here.

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.