Sorbus Sunshine

Sorbus Sunshine rowan tree fruits
  • Height 10 years: 3m-5m / 10ft-16ft
  • Growth habit: Upright
  • Leaf colour - autumn: Orange / Red
  • Fruit colour: Yellow / Orange

'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..

'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 trees for sale

Order now for delivery from 18th December

Item
Height in 10 years
Price inc. VAT
Quantity
1-year Sunshine tree - bare root
3m-5m tall after 10 years
£23.95
Out of stock
2-year Sunshine tree - in a 12L pot
3m-5m tall after 10 years
£47.95

Prices include VAT if applicable.


How to grow

For the best berry colours, plant in full sun.

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

Sunshine characteristics

Growing

  • Attractive features: Attractive fruit Autumn foliage colour
  • Height 10 years: 3m-5m / 10ft-16ft
  • Growth habit: Upright
  • Growth rate: Average
  • Vigour: Average vigour
  • Site conditions: Coastal site Occasional flooding Occasional drought
  • Useful for: Open spaces Small spaces Street / amenity
  • Hardiness rating (RHS): H6 (to -20C)
  • Pruning: Light prune
  • Disease resistance: Good
  • Gardening skill: Suitable for beginners

Identification

  • Flowering month: May June
  • Flower colour: White
  • Leaf colour: Green
  • Leaf colour - autumn: Orange / Red
  • Fruit colour: Yellow / Orange
  • Annual cycle: Deciduous
  • Awards: RHS Award of Garden Merit

Using

  • Fruit persistence: Persistent
  • Wildlife: Attractive to birds

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 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.