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Sorbus vilmorinii
  • RHS AGM

Vilmorin's rowan

S. vilmorinii is a small, spreading deciduous tree to 5m in height, the fern-like leaves with many small leaflets turning purple in autumn. Flat heads of creamy-white flowers followed by crimson fruits fading to near-white

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Size
Ultimate height
2.5–4 metres
Time to ultimate height
10–20 years
Ultimate spread
2.5–4 metres
Growing conditions
Chalk
Loam
Sand
Moisture
Well–drained
pH
Alkaline, Neutral
Colour & scent
StemFlowerFoliageFruit
Spring White Green
Summer White Green
Autumn Purple Red White
Winter
Position
  • Full sun
  • Partial shade
Aspect

South–facing or North–facing or West–facing or East–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
W China

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How to grow

Cultivation

Best grown in moderately fertile, moist but well-drained soil. Useful plant shrub or small tree for the smaller garden. May be short-lived on shallow, chalky soil

Propagation

Propagate by semi-hardwood cuttings in mid-summer or propagate by seed sown in containers in a coldframe in autumn

Suggested planting locations and garden types
  • Low Maintenance
Pruning

Pruning group 2 or 6

Pests

May be attacked by aphids, blister mites and sawflies

Diseases

May be affected by fireblight and silver leaf

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