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Sorbus vilmorinii

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Perfect for a smaller garden

A small spreading deciduous tree with pretty olive-green feathery leaves that mature to deep crimson in autumn. Clusters of white flowers in April to May are followed later by clusters of red berries which are loved by birds in the winter.

Where?

This tree happily grows in partial shade or direct sun. It is ideal for adding colour to cottage and urban gardens.

How?

It is best planted in moderately fertile humus-rich soil that is moist and well-drained.

Sorbus vilmorinii is fully hardy and comes from China. This tree has been awarded with The Royal Horticultural Society's Award of Garden Merit.

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, Summer
Flowering March - August
Evergreen No
Plant height 250 cm - 400 cm
Plant width 250 cm - 400 cm
Fragrant flowers No
Attracts bees Yes
Attracts butterflies Yes
Plant height in 5 years 110 cm
Hardiness zone (?) H4

Will perform best in these conditions

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Soil type Chalk, 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, Cottage garden, Informal garden, Banks and slopes

Additional Information for Fruit, Veg and Bulbs

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Fruiting September - November
Cropping May - May

Check store availability

10 litre pot £34.99 Check Stock

Typically available

From February to September