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Sorbus rosea

As the name suggests Sorbus rosea 'Rosiness' features candyfloss pink berries. The berries are quite large, and change colour through the autumn from pale to deeper pink. (This differs from some other white or pink-fruiting species, which tend to become whiter as autumn progresses).

The leaves of Rosiness fall relatively early in the autumn, leaving the berries exposed on bare branches into late autumn. The tree looks particularly attractive at this time of year.

This variety is difficult to produce and lacks the vigour of most other Sorbus species - the growth is weak, and it tends to remain a small tree, and we do not recomend it if you have less-than-perfect growing conditions. If in doubt then Sorbus Pink Charm or Eastern Promise are better choices.

Rosiness rowan trees for sale

  • 11-year bare-root tree £44.50
    Medium size (2.5m-3.5m after 10 years)
  • 22-year pot-grown tree £73.00
    In a 12L pot
    Medium size (2.5m-3.5m after 10 years)
You can now pre-order for next season.

How to grow

'Rosiness' can be planted in partial shade but for the best berry colours full sun is recommended.

'Rosiness' has a more spreading habit than most rowans, which tend to be quite upright.


The species Sorbus rosea is relatively new, and many varieties of this species were previously classified as Sorbus cashmiriana - originating from Kashmir. 'Rosiness' is still sometimes referred to as Sorbus cashmiriana 'Rosiness' by older authorities. Most varieties of Sorbus rosea have pink flowers and pink berries, and also pink-tinged shoots, and the pink coloration is more pronounced than in Sorbus cashmiriana.  Both Sorbus cashmiriana and Sorbus rosea are small weak-growing species.

As the name suggests, 'Rosiness' was introduced by the University of Liverpool Ness Botanic Gardens.

Rosiness characteristics

  • Gardening skillBeginner
  • Attractive featuresAttractive flowersAttractive fruitAutumn foliage colour
  • Growth habitUpright-spreading / Vase
  • Height after 10 years2.5m-3.5m / 8ft-12ft
  • SunlightPrefers full sunSome shade
  • PruningLight prune
  • Growth rateAverage
  • Site conditionsCoastal siteOccasional flooding
  • WildlifeAttractive to birds
  • Flower colourPink - light
  • Flowering monthJune
  • Leaf colourGreen
  • Leaf colour - autumnOrange / Red
  • Fruit colourPink
  • Fruit persistencePersistent
  • Country of originUnited Kingdom
  • Annual cycleDeciduous

Similar varieties

  • See also Eastern Promise
    Eastern Promise
    A good alternative to Rosiness if you need a slightly more substantial tree.
  • See also Kashmir rowan
    Sorbus cashmiriana
    Kashmir rowan
    The Kashmir Rowan is a relative of Rosiness.
  • See also Pink Charm
    Sorbus vilmorinii
    Pink Charm
    One of the best of the pink-berried Rowans.
  • See also Pink Ness
    Pink Ness
    Another pink-berry rowan raised at Ness Botanic Gardens.

What will it look like?

Illustrative example of a pot-grown tree of this variety as supplied. Approximate girth: 6/8cm. We try to keep all pot-grown trees down to about 1.5m as supplied, but some may be larger. 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 vilmorinii

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.