Sorbus 'Joseph Rock'


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Key information

Plant type

Deciduous tree

Flower colour



Autumn colour, Flowers, Fruit, Attractive to wildlife



Skill level


photo by Pernilla Bergdahl, copyright GAP Photos (303500)

Plant details

This is a very decorative and widely planted tree of mysterious origin, although it is thought to be a form of a variable Chinese species. It is an outstanding garden tree for general planting, especially where it will be seen in autumn when the foliage, yellowish green in summer, turns various fiery shades of orange, copper, crimson and plum purple. The drooping clusters of small round berries, at first light creamy yellow and later deepening to amber, stand out dramatically against this pyrotechnic display. The trees tolerate light sandy soils as well as clay. The Royal Horticultural Society has given it its prestigious Award of Garden Merit (AGM).

Family: Rosaceae

Genus: Sorbus

Cultivar: Joseph Rock

Plant type: Deciduous tree

Flower colour: White

Feature: Autumn colour, Flowers, Fruit, Attractive to wildlife

Sun exposure: Full sun, Partial shade

Soil: Well-drained/light, Clay/heavy, Acidic, Moist, Sandy

Hardiness: Hardy

Skill level: Beginner

Height: 900cm

Spread: 700cm

Time to plant seeds: September to November

Reader reviews


Planted this three years ago in clay soil on a sunny site. Looks fab all year round and especially in winter with just yellow berries on show. Just planted and left it to get on with it.

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