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Sorbus pseudovilmorinii
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A small deciduous tree, very similar to Sorbus vilmorinii, except less strong growing. Its habit is arching, with pinnate leaves, white flowers in late spring, then red berries followed by vivid orange and red autumn colour

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Size
Ultimate height
2.5–4 metres
Time to ultimate height
5–10 years
Ultimate spread
1.5–2.5 metres
Growing conditions
Chalk
Clay
Loam
Sand
Moisture
Moist but well–drained, Well–drained
pH
Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Colour & scent
StemFlowerFoliageFruit
Spring White Green
Summer Green Red
Autumn Red Orange Red
Winter
Position
  • Full sun
  • Partial shade
Aspect

East–facing or North–facing or South–facing or West–facing

Exposure
Exposed or Sheltered
Hardiness
H6
Botanical details
Family
Rosaceae
Native to the UK
No
Foliage
Deciduous
Habit
Bushy
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

Name status

Correct

Plant range
Yunnan, China

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How to grow

Cultivation

Best grown in moderately fertile, moist, but well-drained soil. May be short-lived on chalky soil. Perfect for a small garden

Propagation

Propagate by semi-hardwood cuttings in midsummer

Suggested planting locations and garden types
  • Wildlife gardens
  • City and courtyard gardens
  • Cottage and informal garden
  • Low Maintenance
Pruning

Pruning group 2 or 6

Pests

May be susceptible to aphids, blister mites and sawflies

Diseases

May be susceptible to fireblight and silver leaf

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