Sorbus folgneri Emiel

Sorbus Emiel whitebeam
  • Height 10 years: 3m-5m / 10ft-16ft
  • Growth habit: Spreading
  • Leaf colour - autumn: Orange / Red
  • Fruit colour: Red

Emiel is sometimes classified as a rowan, but it belongs to a species which has many of the characteristics of the whitebeams - in particular the silver-grey colouring of the undersides of its leaves, which are attractive through spring and summer and retained into autumn. Also, unlike most rowans the leaves are narrow and pointed rather than being segmented into multiple feathers.

The clouds of small white flowers turn into dense clusters of tiny orange fruitlets in autumn.

Emiel grows with a spreading shape (again, different to the more upright habit of most rowans).

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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.

Sorbus folgneri Emiel


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

Emiel is easy to grow, and will tolerate poor soils and difficult situations.

Emiel characteristics

Growing

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

Identification

  • Country of origin: China
  • Flowering month: May
  • Flower colour: White
  • Leaf colour: Grey-green
  • Leaf colour - young: Grey-green
  • Leaf colour - autumn: Orange / Red
  • Fruit colour: Red
  • Annual cycle: Deciduous
  • Awards: RHS Award of Garden Merit

Using

  • Fruit persistence: Persistent
  • Wildlife: Attractive to birds

Similar varieties

  • Sorbus aria
    Lutescens
    An excellent large garden tree, very hardy, easy to grow, and tolerant of a wide range of soils and conditions. Grey-green leaves turn russet in autumn, with orange berries.

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.