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Sunshine

Sorbus Sunshine rowan tree fruits

'Sunshine' is a small compact rowan, very similar to the popular 'Joseph Rock', to which it is closely related. The main difference is the distinctly larger size of the fruitlets.

Clusters of white flowers appear in late May, followed by dense fruitlets which turn from white to golden yellow as autumn progresses.

Like 'Joseph Rock', this is one of the best rowans for autumn colour, with the leaves often attaining a flame red colour, which highlights the golden berries..

Sorbus

Sunshine rowan trees for sale

  • 11-year bare-root tree £23.95
    Large size (3m-5m after 10 years)
    Out of stock
  • 22-year pot-grown tree £47.95
    In a 12L pot
    Large size (3m-5m after 10 years)
    Out of stock

How to grow

For the best berry colours, plant in full sun.

Unusually for a rowan, 'Sunshine' has some tolerance of chalky soils.

History

'Sunshine' is a seedling of the well-known yellow-fruited variety 'Joseph Rock', raised at the Hillier Nursery. Unusually for a rowan, 'Joseph Rock' does not grow true from seed, so 'Sunshine' is a different variety but it inherits the compact proportions and bright yellow fruits of 'Joseph Rock'.

Sunshine characteristics

  • Growing

    • Awards:RHS Award of Garden Merit
    • Gardening skill:Beginner
    • Attractive features:Attractive fruitAutumn foliage colour
    • Growth habit:Upright
    • Height after 10 years:3m-5m / 10ft-16ft
    • Flower colour:White
    • Flowering month:MayJune
    • Leaf colour - autumn:Orange / Red
    • Leaf colour - summer:Green
    • Fruit colour:Yellow / Orange
    • Pruning:Light prune
    • Growth rate:Average
    • Site conditions:Coastal siteOccasional floodingOccasional drought
  • Identification

    • Annual cycle:Deciduous
  • Using

    • Wildlife:Attractive to birds
    • Fruit persistence:Persistent

Similar varieties

  • See also Joseph Rock
    Sorbus
    Joseph Rock
    A small rowan, with distinctive pale yellow fruitlets. Also one of the best for autumn colour.

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.