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Sorbus helenae
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An unusual species of sorbus reching 3-5m in height, with larger, but fewer leaflets making up the leaves. Clusters of dense white flowers appear in early summer after which come white berries splashed with pink. Autumn colour arrives in shades of dramatic orange and scarlet

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Size
Ultimate height
2.5–4 metres
Time to ultimate height
5–10 years
Ultimate spread
2.5–4 metres
Growing conditions
Loam
Sand
Moisture
Moist but well–drained, Well–drained
pH
Acid, Neutral
Colour & scent
StemFlowerFoliageFruit
Spring White Green
Summer Green White Pink
Autumn Orange Red White Pink
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
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

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How to grow

Cultivation

Grow in moderately fertile, humus-rich soil. Perfect for small gardens

Propagation

Propagate by seed, softwood cuttings or grafting

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

Pruning group 1

Pests

May be susceptible to aphids, blister mites and sawflies

Diseases

May be susceptible to a canker, silver leaf and fireblight

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