Sorbus commixta 'Embley'
- Position: full sun or lightly dappled shade
- Soil: tolerates most soils
- Rate of growth: fast-growing
- Flowering period: April to May
- Flower colour: white
- Other features: covered in a mass of red berries in autumn
- Hardiness: fully hardy
Long, tapered glossy green leaves, made up of 13 to 17 leaflets, appear in spring followed by small white flowers in late spring. In autumn, the tree is covered in clusters of bright red fruit and the crown is ablaze of scarlet foliage, deepening to ruby red. More upright in habit that the species, this is a slender branching, conical tree, which is ideal for a small garden or woodland area.
- Garden care: Requires minimal pruning. Remove any broken, diseased or crossing branches in late autumn or winter. When planting incorporate lots of well-rotted garden compost in the planting hole and stake firmly.
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