Sorbus vilmorinii

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Buy Sorbus vilmorinii vilmorin rowan: Good autumn foliage and white winter berries

This tree is deciduous so it will lose all its leaves in autumn, then fresh new foliage appears again each spring.

  • Position: full sun or lightly dappled shade
  • Soil: moderately fertile, moist but well-drained soil
  • Rate of growth: average to slow-growing
  • Flowering period: April to May
  • Hardiness: fully hardy

    Very pretty feathery foliage of numerous olive-green leaflets cover this elegant tree and turn dark crimson in autumn. Creamy white flowers are followed by pendulous clusters of berries which fade from red to white as the season progresses. The berries last well into the winter, making this the perfect tree for the smaller garden.

  • 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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Eventual height & spread

We live on a chalky soil. We have a Sorbus Joseph Rock that is not doing very well and was considering replacing it with this. However, I've read mixed guidelines about this tree and chalky soil. RHS website says it's OK but other sites say any soil except chalk. Any ideas?

Nigel

Hello, 'Joseph Rock' does not tend to be particularly long-lived, so I wonder how old your existing tree is. Replacing it with S. vilmorinii will not make a great deal of difference if it is the soil that is affecting the growth as both of these trees will have the same rootstock. If your existing tree is still relatively young, then you may fine that an annual mulch of ericaceous compost, and making sure the tree is kept well watered will help give it a boost. Alternatively, the S. aria 'Lutescens' should be a better option in very alkaline soils. http://www.crocus.co.uk/plants/_/sorbus-aria-lutescens/classid.4716/

Helen

How deep do the roots of this tree go?

Novice

Hello, This will depend on your soil type and available water, however as a very general rule, you could expect the root system to be roughly the same size as the crown of the tree.

Helen

Are the roots of this likely to cause a problem for neighbouring buildings?

Beginner

Hello, It really depends on how far away you are going to plant it. The general rule of thumb is that you should not plant a tree any closer to a structure than its eventual height, however this rule is often broken without any serious side effects. Your soil type will also play a part as the roots will be able to more more freely through lighter soils than heavier ones. Having said that, this is a compact tree so it's certainly a better option for more confined spaces.

Helen

Hi Are the berries on this toxic? Thanks Heather

Natterer

Hello there Although the berries are not toxic they can cause a stomach upset if eaten raw. Hope this helps

How established would this tree be, we want soemthing quite tall!

Eri

Hello, This tree is currently around 1.5-1.8m tall.

helen

Am I ok planting in winter? Hello, Sorry to trouble you, but being new to gardening I was hoping you would be kind enough to help me....... Can you please let me know if it's OK for me to plant these plants listed below now, or should I wait? I've read a number of different opinions and hence confused. I'd hate to plant them and they end up dying! Many thanks Richard Phyllostachys nigra Prunus 'Amanogawa' Sorbus vilmorinii Prunus ?? subhirtella 'Autumnalis'

Richard Hollidge

Hello Richard, All the plants are fully hardy so can be planted out at any time as long as the ground isn't frozen. Therefore I would leave them in their pots until the ground is not frozen solid and then get them in the ground. I hope this helps. Helen Plant Doctor

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