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Sorbus vilmorinii AGM

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Characteristics

Plant type

Tree

Habit

Bushy

Toxicity

Resilience

Hardiness

H6 (hardy - very cold winter)

Colour

Flower

White in Spring and Summer

Foliage

Green in Spring and Summer
Purple in Autumn

Fruit

White and Dark Red in Autumn

Size

Ultimate height

2.5-4 metres

Ultimate spread

2.5-4 metres

Time to ultimate height

10-20 years


Preferred common name

Vilmorin's rowan

Family

Rosaceae


Sorbus can be deciduous trees or shrubs with simple or pinnate leaves and clusters of small white or pink flowers, followed by white, yellow, pink, red or brown berries; some have fine autumn colour

S. vilmorinii is a small, spreading deciduous tree to 5m in height, the fern-like leaves with many small leaflets turning purple in autumn. Flat heads of creamy-white flowers followed by crimson fruits fading to near-white

How to grow

Sunlight

  • Full sun
  • Part shade

Aspect

  • South-facing, East-facing, North-facing or West-facing
  • Sheltered or Exposed

Cultivation

Best grown in moderately fertile, moist but well-drained soil. Useful plant shrub or small tree for the smaller garden. May be short-lived on shallow, chalky soil

Soil

  • Well-drained
  • Alkaline or Neutral
  • Chalk, Loam or Sand

Propagation

Propagate by semi-hardwood cuttings in mid-summer or propagate by seed sown in containers in a coldframe in autumn

Suggested planting locations and garden types

Low Maintenance


How to care

Pruning

Pruning group 2 or 6

Pests

May be attacked by aphids, blister mites and sawflies

Diseases

May be affected by fireblight and silver leaf