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Sorbus aria Lutescens

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Silver foliage which turns yellow in autumn plus decorative berries

This compact tree has silvery leaves in spring that gradually changes to luminous grey-green in summer. Clusters of white flowers cover the tree from April until May, followed by deep red berries in autumn.

Where?

This plant likes partial shade or direct sun, and is ideal in small gardens.

How?

This easy to grow tree is pollution tolerant and able to cope with dry conditions. It will do well in any free draining soil.

Sorbus Aria Lutescens has been in commercial production since 1885 when it was introduced by “Simon-Louis Nursery” at Metz in France.

Plant details


In depth plant information

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Plant type Ornamental tree
Flower colour
Foliage colour
Typically available February - September
Season of interest Spring
Flowering March - May
Evergreen No
Plant height 800 cm - 1200 cm
Plant width 400 cm - 800 cm
Fragrant flowers No
Attracts bees Yes
Attracts butterflies Yes
Plant height in 5 years 140 cm
Hardiness zone (?) H6

Will perform best in these conditions

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Soil type Clay, Loam, Sand, Chalk
Light exposure Full sun, Part shade
Soil drainage Well drained, Medium
Planting instructions

Water the plant in its pot thoroughly before planting – give it a good soaking. Prepare the area by digging a hole twice the size of the pot. Dig compost into the base of the hole. Position the stake in the hole, on the side of the prevailing wind and drive it into the soil, to a depth of 60cm. The stake should be a third of the height of the tree, when planted. Remove the pot and position the plant in the hole close to the stake, with the rootball about level with the surrounding soil. Refill the planting hole with a mixture of garden soil and compost, firming as you go. Use two tree ties to secure the stem to the stake. Water in well and keep well watered during the plant's first year. Check ties regularly and adjust them as the tree grows.

Planting site Wildlife garden, Cottage garden, Informal garden, Banks and slopes

Additional Information for Fruit, Veg and Bulbs

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Fruiting September - November

Typically available

From February to September