Sorbus hupehensis

Hubei rowan

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Plant type

Deciduous tree

Flower colour



Autumn colour, Flowers, Fruit, Attractive to wildlife



Skill level


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Plant details

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).

Family: Rosaceae

Genus: Sorbus

Species: hupehensis

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

Hardiness: Hardy

Skill level: Experienced

Height: 800cm

Spread: 800cm

Time to plant seeds: September to November

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