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Sorbus Chinese Lace

Mountain Ash

Fern like silvery foliage which turns purple in the autumn

A small tree with deeply cut green feather-like leaves that turn red-purple in autumn. The tree produces delicate white flowers in late spring and red-orange berries in autumn.


This plant is easy to grow and likes full sun or partial shade. It is attractive to wildlife and is perfect for small gardens.


For best results grow in humus-rich, lime-free soil that is moist and moderately fertile.

Originally from western Asia and introduced to the United Kingdom.

Plant details

In depth plant information

Property Value
Plant type Ornamental tree
Flower colour
Foliage colour
Typically available February - September
Season of interest Spring
Flowering March - May
Evergreen No
Plant height 310 cm - 400 cm
Plant width 250 cm - 300 cm
Fragrant flowers No
Attracts bees No
Attracts butterflies No
Plant height in 5 years 50 cm
Hardiness zone (?) H4

Will perform best in these conditions

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Soil type Loam, Sand, Clay
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, City garden, Courtyard garden

Typically available

From February to September