Sorbus rosea Rosiness

  • Height 10 years: 3m-5m / 10ft-16ft
  • Growth habit: Upright-spreading
  • Leaf colour - autumn: Orange / Red
  • Fruit colour: Pink

If you like pink rowan trees then Sorbus rosea 'Rosiness' is the ideal choice. The flowers which appear in early summer have a distinctive pink hue (whereas most rowans have plain white flowers).

These are followed by a mass of candy-floss pink berries.

The berries are amongst the largest of any of the pink-berry rowans, 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).

They stay on the tree long after the leaves have fallen, and the tree looks particularly attractive at this time of year..

'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.

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

Rosiness trees for sale

Item
Height in 10 years
Price inc. VAT
Quantity
1-year Rosiness tree - bare root
2.5m-4m tall after 10 years
£23.95
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2-year Rosiness tree - in a 12L pot
2.5m-4m tall after 10 years
£47.95
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What will it look like?

Illustrative example of a pot-grown tree of this variety as supplied. (Approx. girth: 6/8). Trees should reach their mature height after about 10 or more years.

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We may also have 1-year bare-root trees of this variety - they are not shown here.

Leaves may not be present during winter, and we may prune some shoots to fit the delivery carton. Size may vary during the season and between batches. The container (if supplied) is only used for transporting the tree, which should then be planted out in the garden or in a much larger patio planter (not all species are suitable for patio planting).

How to grow

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

Rosiness characteristics

Growing

  • Attractive features: Attractive flowers Attractive fruit Autumn foliage colour
  • Height 10 years: 3m-5m / 10ft-16ft
  • Growth habit: Upright-spreading
  • Growth rate: Average
  • Vigour: Slightly small
  • Site conditions: Coastal site Occasional flooding
  • Sunlight: Prefers full sun Some shade
  • Useful for: Small spaces
  • Hardiness rating (RHS): H6 (to -20C)
  • Pruning: Light prune
  • Disease resistance: Good
  • Gardening skill: Suitable for beginners

Identification

  • Country of origin: United Kingdom
  • Flowering month: June
  • Flower colour: Pink - light
  • Leaf colour: Green
  • Leaf colour - young: Green
  • Leaf colour - autumn: Orange / Red
  • Fruit colour: Pink
  • Annual cycle: Deciduous
  • Awards: RHS Award of Garden Merit

Using

  • Fruit persistence: Persistent
  • Wildlife: Attractive to birds

Similar varieties

How to choose a Rowan or Whitebeam tree

We have a very wide range of Sorbus (rowan and whitebeam) trees. Choosing can be difficult! Our article explaining the different berry and leaf colours might help narrow down the selection.