A lovely shapely rowan from northern India, this has only been cultivated for 60 years or so, but is popular and a talking point whenever seen. It is a notable species for its autumn display of shining white berries in huge drooping clusters of 30 or more, particularly conspicuous once the yellowing autumn leaves have fallen in October and lasting well into winter. The tree itself is open and graceful, with elegant compound, divided, leaves that are strongly serrated. The flowers are the typical rowan shape, but soft pink rather than white. This is a tree to plant centre-stage. The Royal Horticultural Society has given it its prestigious Award of Garden Merit (AGM).
Plant type: Deciduous tree
Flower colour: Pink
Foliage colour: Mid-green
Feature: Autumn colour, Flowers, Fruit, Attractive to wildlife
Sun exposure: Full sun, Partial shade
Soil: Well-drained/light, Clay/heavy, Acidic, Sandy
Skill level: Beginner
Time to plant seeds: September to November
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