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  • Sorbus Rosiness
  • Sorbus Rosiness berries

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.

Sorbus rosea

Rosiness rowan trees for sale

  • 11-year bare-root tree £23.95
    Medium size (2.5m-3.5m after 10 years)
    Out of stock
  • 22-year pot-grown tree £47.95
    In a 12L pot
    Medium size (2.5m-3.5m after 10 years)
    Out of stock

How to grow

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


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 characteristics

  • Growing

    • Awards:RHS Award of Garden Merit
    • Gardening skill:Beginner
    • Attractive features:Attractive flowersAttractive fruitAutumn foliage colour
    • Growth habit:Upright-spreading
    • Height after 10 years:3m-5m / 10ft-16ft
    • Flower colour:Pink - light
    • Flowering month:June
    • Leaf colour - autumn:Orange / Red
    • Leaf colour - summer:Green
    • Fruit colour:Pink
    • Sunlight:Prefers full sunSome shade
    • Pruning:Light prune
    • Growth rate:Average
    • Site conditions:Coastal siteOccasional flooding
  • Identification

    • Country of origin:United Kingdom
    • Annual cycle:Deciduous
  • Using

    • Wildlife:Attractive to birds
    • Fruit persistence:Persistent

Similar varieties

What will it look like?

Illustrative example of a pot-grown tree of this variety as supplied. Approximate girth: 6/8cm. 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.