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Sorbus aucuparia var. xanthocarpa

yellow-berried rowan

yellow-berried rowan

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  • Other common names yellow-berried rowan

  • Synonyms Sorbus aucuparia 'Fructu Luteo'
    Sorbus aucuparia gold-fruited

    Sorbus aucuparia 'Xanthocarpa'
    Sorbus xanthocarpa 'Fructu Luteo'

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  • Family Rosaceae

  • Genus Sorbus can be deciduous trees or shrubs with simple or pinnate leaves and clusters of small white or pink flowers, followed by white, yellow, pink, red or brown berries; some have fine autumn colour

  • Details S. aucuparia var. xanthocarpa is a medium-sized deciduous tree with a spreading crown and pinnate leaves turning yellow to red in autumn. Flattened clusters of creamy-white flowers followed by orange-yellow fruits

Characteristics

  • Foliage Deciduous

  • Habit Bushy

  • Toxicity

  • Hardiness

    Hardiness ratings

    All ratings refer to the UK growing conditions unless otherwise stated. Minimum temperature ranges (in degrees C) are shown in brackets

    • H1a - Under glass all year (>15C)
    • H1b - Can be grown outside in the summer (10 - 15)
    • H1c - Can be grown outside in the summer (5 - 10)
    • H2 - Tolerant of low temperatures, but not surviving being frozen (1 to 5)
    • H3 - Hardy in coastal and relatively mild parts of the UK (-5 to 1)
    • H4 - Hardy through most of the UK (-10 to -5)
    • H5 - Hardy in most places throughout the UK even in severe winters (-15 to -10)
    • H6 - Hardy in all of UK and northern Europe (-20 to -15)
    • H7 - Hardy in the severest European continental climates (< -20)

    H6

Colour

Sunlight

  • Full Sun

  • Partial Shade

  • Aspect North-facing or East-facing or South-facing or West-facing

  • Exposure Sheltered or Exposed

Soil

  • Loam

    Loam

  • Sand

    Sand

  • Clay

    Clay

  • MoistureWell-drained, Moist but well-drained

  • SoilLoam, Sand, Clay

  • pHAcid, Neutral

Size

  • Ultimate height 4-8 metres

  • Ultimate spread 4-8 metres

  • Time to ultimate height 10-20 years

How to grow

Cultivation Grow in moderately fertile, humus-rich soil. Tolerant of atmospheric pollution; ideal specimen tree in small garden

Propagation Propagate by softwood cuttings in early summer, chip budding in summer or grafting in winter. Propagate by seed sown outdoors in autumn

Suggested planting locations and garden types Low Maintenance

How to care

Pruning Pruning group 1

Pests May be attacked by aphids, blister mites and sawflies

Diseases May be affected by apple canker, honey fungus and fireblight

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