Neat, upright form with dominant leader and well balanced crown.
Pinnate – a long mid-rib with 11-19 leaflets.
White flowers in May and early June.
Orange-red clusters of fruits from mid-summer into the autumn.
7m high x 3m wide after 25 years. Ultimately a small tree.
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.