Sorbus wardii

  • Sorbus wardii
  • Sorbus wardii leaves and berries
  • Height 10 years: 3m-5m / 10ft-16ft
  • Growth habit: Upright-spreading
  • Leaf colour - autumn: Yellow
  • Fruit colour: Yellow / Orange

The main feature of Sorbus wardii is undoubtedly the large grey-green leaves, which give the tree an elegant presence throughout the spring and summer. The leaves take on golden hues in the autumn.

Clusters of white flowers are borne in late spring, somewhat larger than other Whitebeams, followed by persistent yellow-orange berries.

Sorbus wardii is named after Frank Kingdon-Ward, an English botanist who made numerious expeditions to Tibet, China, and India in the first half of the 20th century. It was discovered in the Himalayas of northern Burma. It is sometimes considered to be a form of Sorbus thibetica, the Tibetan Whitebeam (which Kingdon-Ward also collected on his travels), rather than a species in its own right, but the golden berries are rather different from the yellow-brown berries of Sorbus thibetica.

Sorbus wardii trees for sale

Item
Height in 10 years
Price inc. VAT
Quantity
3-year Sorbus wardii tree - in a 12L pot
2.5m-3.5m tall after 10 years
£47.95
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How to grow

Sorbus wardii does best in full sun. Once established it is fairly tolerant of drought conditions.

Sorbus wardii characteristics

Growing

  • Attractive features: Attractive fruit Attractive tree / plant Attractive foliage Autumn foliage colour Summer foliage colour
  • Height 10 years: 3m-5m / 10ft-16ft
  • Growth habit: Upright-spreading
  • Growth rate: Slow
  • Vigour: Average vigour
  • Sunlight: Prefers full sun
  • Pruning: Do not prune
  • Disease resistance: Good
  • Gardening skill: Beginner

Identification

  • Country of origin: China
  • Flowering month: May
  • Flower colour: White
  • Leaf colour: Grey-green
  • Leaf colour - young: Grey-green
  • Leaf colour - autumn: Yellow
  • Fruit colour: Yellow / Orange
  • Annual cycle: Deciduous

Using

  • Fruit persistence: Persistent
  • Wildlife: Attractive to birds

Similar varieties

  • See also John Mitchell
    Sorbus x aria
    John Mitchell
    John Mitchell is a popular whitebeam, notable for its large white-green leaves.

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.