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Sorbus aucuparia ‘Sheerwater Seedling’

"Mountain Ash"

Common Name

"Mountain Ash"


Size

7m high x 3m wide after 25 years. Ultimately a small tree.


Canopy

Neat, upright form with dominant leader and well balanced crown.


Foliage

Pinnate – a long mid-rib with 11-19 leaflets.


Flowers

White flowers in May and early June.


Fruit

Orange-red clusters of fruits from mid-summer into the autumn.


This selection of Sorbus aucuparia is a fairly narrow, upright form with ascending branches. This compact habit makes it a more formal choice than the species which is more open and variable. It does, though, share the orange-red colour of the fruits which appear in large clusters a bit earlier than the species – July to November (or when the birds eat them!).

Like the native, this selection thrives on acid soils, though can tolerate any well drained soil – though it is not long-lived on shallow soils over chalk. The tidy, ovoid canopy form lends itself well to small scale formal avenues, street planting or for small gardens.