Opposite the Chickens at the front of the
Named by Dr. Hugh McAllister (botanist at Ness) this rowan was
introducted by seed collected in 1987 from the Cangshan Mountain
range in North West Yunnan in China.
When grown on its own roots (i.e grown from seed and not grafted
as often happens in the nursey trade) it is hardy and very drought
tolerant. This species is notable for its attractive blue-green
foliage, good orange and yellow autumn colour, and spectacular
displays of fruit. Each autumn it is covered in deep maroon fruits
that eventually turn white flushed pink.
A perfect choice as a large specimen tree on lighter soils
(avoid heavy clay soils) on a woodland edge in semi-shade. Give it
space to make the most of it.
Ness has a national collection of Sorbus with over 500 different
types, planted throughout the gardens.