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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.

Sorbus

Matthew Ridley rowan trees for sale

  • 2-year pot-grown tree £49.95
    In a 12L pot
    Large size (3m-5m after 10 years)
Next deliveries

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

Pre-ordering

You can pre-order now for delivery when the new season starts. You won't be asked to pay until nearer the time.


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

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

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.