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Sorbus hupehensis Obtusa



Unique bright pink decorative berries in the autumn

A medium-sized tree with eye-catching fresh green feather-like leaves that turn purple and red during autumn. In spring clusters of white flowers, followed by pinkish-white coloured berries that cover the tree in late summer.


This plant will happily grow in partial shade or full sun. It is tolerant of pollution so it is ideal in urban gardens.


Plant in any well-drained soil that is moderately fertile and humus-rich.

Sorbus obtusa is native to China. It won the award of The Royal Society's Award of Garden Merit for excellence in 1993.

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 630 cm - 800 cm
Plant width 640 cm - 800 cm
Fragrant flowers No
Attracts bees No
Attracts butterflies No
Plant height in 5 years 240 cm
Hardiness zone (?) H4

Will perform best in these conditions

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Soil type Clay, Loam, Sand
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

Typically available

From February to September