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Matthew Ridley

Sorbus 'Matthew Ridley' is vigorous upright Rowan or Mountain Ash.

This is one of the earlier-flowering Rowans, usually starting in early May. The flowers are small and white, long-lasting, and attractive to bees.

In autumn it features large clusters of oblong-shaped orange-red berries.

The highly lobed leaves are bright green, taking on autumnal hues before they fall.

Matthew Ridley rowan trees for sale

    Next deliveries

    Deliveries from 26th October for pot grown and December for bare-rooted (where items shown in stock).


    How to grow

    Matthew Ridley is easy to grow on most soils.

    History

    This Rowan tree is named after Lord Matthew Ridley, a keen botanist who died in 2012. He did much to encourage the conservation and study of trees, and held a national collection of Sorbus on his estate at Blagdon in Northumberland, where this variety was discovered.

    Matthew Ridley characteristics

    • Gardening skillBeginner
    • AwardsRHS Award of Garden Merit
    • Attractive featuresAttractive fruitAutumn foliage colour
    • Growth habitUpright
    • Height after 10 years3m-5m / 10ft-16ft
    • PruningLight prune
    • Growth rateAverage
    • Site conditionsCoastal siteOccasional flooding
    • Flower colourWhite
    • Flowering monthMay
    • Leaf colourGreen
    • Leaf colour - autumnOrange / Red
    • Fruit colourYellow / Orange
    • Fruit persistencePersistent
    • WildlifeAttractive to birds
    • Annual cycleDeciduous

    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.