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The Hubei rowan from western China is one of the best species for smaller gardens. Although eventually making a medium-sized tree, it can if necessary be pruned at any time to restrict size. It makes a bold statement at any season with its compact upright growth, and blue-grey leaves which turn a vibrant red in autumn. The long-stalked, creamy-white flowers form in generous 15cm (6in) heads, followed by loose bunches of red-stalked berries, pale green until autumn when they turn white with a delicate pink flush these often last late into winter. The Royal Horticultural Society has given it its prestigious Award of Garden Merit (AGM).
Plant type: Deciduous tree
Flower colour: White
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: Experienced
Time to plant seeds: September to November
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