- Height 10 years: 3m-5m / 10ft-16ft
- Growth habit: Spreading
- Leaf colour - autumn: Bronze / Purple
- Fruit colour: Pink
- Fruit colour: White
This interesting rowan species bears clusters of bright pink fruitlets, which turn progressively whiter as winter approaches,and persist on the tree after the leaves have fallen. These can also be used for making rowan jelly.
The leaves are particularly fern-like in appearance, and turn bronze in the autumn. The tree remains small, and is more spreading than the native English rowan, and may develop multiple stems over time.
It is thought the species Sorbus vilmorinii was introduced from China by the Vilmorin nursery near Paris.
Sorbus vilmorinii trees for sale
1-year Sorbus vilmorinii tree - bare root
2-year Sorbus vilmorinii tree - in a 12L pot
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.
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
This species of rowan does best in areas with cool damp summers, and it does not tolerate drought.
Sorbus vilmorinii characteristics
- Attractive features:
Attractive fruit Autumn foliage colour
- Height 10 years:
3m-5m / 10ft-16ft
- Growth habit:
- Growth rate:
- Site conditions:
Sheltered site Free-draining site
- Useful for:
- Hardiness rating (RHS):
H6 (to -20C)
Do not prune
- Disease resistance:
- Gardening skill:
Suitable for beginners
- Country of origin:
- Flowering month:
- Flower colour:
- Leaf colour:
- Leaf colour - young:
- Leaf colour - autumn:
Bronze / Purple
- Fruit colour:
- Annual cycle:
RHS Award of Garden Merit
- Fruit persistence:
Attractive to birds
Sorbus pseudovilmoriniiSorbus pseudovilmorinii
Similar characteristics to Sorbus vilmorinii, not quite as vigorous, but heavier fruiting.
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.