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Sorbus wardii

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 whitebeam trees for sale

  • 3-year pot-grown tree £54.95
    In a 12L pot
    Medium size (2.5m-3.5m after 10 years)
Pre-ordering
You can pre-order now for delivery from early September 2021 for pot grown trees (or early December for bare-root). You do not need to pay at this stage - just add items to the basket and checkout as usual.

How to grow

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

History

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 characteristics

  • Gardening skillBeginner
  • Attractive featuresAttractive fruitAttractive tree / plantAttractive foliageAutumn foliage colourSummer foliage colour
  • Growth habitUpright-spreading
  • Height after 10 years3m-5m / 10ft-16ft
  • SunlightPrefers full sun
  • PruningDo not prune
  • Growth rateSlow
  • Flower colourWhite
  • Flowering monthMay
  • Leaf colourGrey-green
  • Leaf colour - autumnYellow
  • Fruit colourYellow / Orange
  • Fruit persistencePersistent
  • Country of originChina
  • WildlifeAttractive to birds
  • Annual cycleDeciduous

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 list more than 50 Sorbus (rowan and whitebeam) trees. Choosing can be difficult! Our article explaining the different berry and leaf colours might help narrow down the selection.