Sorbus hemsleyi John Bond

  • Height 10 years: 3m-5m / 10ft-16ft
  • Growth habit: Upright
  • Fruit colour: Brown

John Bond belongs to a different species of Sorbus from most rowans and whitebeams, but has many similarities with whitebeams - particularly the striking white undersides of its leaves.

It grows in a neat compact columnar form. There are clusters of white flowers in late spring, followed by brown berry-like fruitlets in autumn.

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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 John Bond


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).

John Bond characteristics

Growing

  • Attractive features: Attractive foliage Autumn foliage colour
  • Height 10 years: 3m-5m / 10ft-16ft
  • Growth habit: Upright
  • Vigour: Slightly small
  • Site conditions: Coastal site Occasional flooding
  • Useful for: Open spaces Small spaces
  • Hardiness rating (RHS): H6 (to -20C)
  • Pruning: Light prune
  • Disease resistance: Good

Identification

  • Country of origin: China
  • Flowering month: May June
  • Flower colour: White
  • Leaf colour: Green
  • Fruit colour: Brown
  • Annual cycle: Deciduous
  • Awards: RHS Award of Garden Merit

Using

  • Fruit persistence: Persistent
  • Wildlife: Attractive to birds

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.