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Sorbus cashmiriana

Kashmir rowan

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Key information

Plant type

Deciduous tree

Flower colour

Pink

Feature

Autumn colour, Flowers, Fruit, Attractive to wildlife

Hardiness

Hardy

Skill level

Beginner

photo by Fiona Lea, copyright GAP Photos (250001)

Plant details

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).

Family: Rosaceae

Genus: Sorbus

Species: cashmiriana

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

Hardiness: Hardy

Skill level: Beginner

Height: 800cm

Spread: 700cm

Time to plant seeds: September to November


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