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.
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Matthew Ridley is easy to grow on most soils.
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.
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.