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Sorbus carmesina

Sorbus Carmesina

Opposite the Chickens at the front of the Pinewoods

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.