5ft 'Red Bird' Rowan Tree | 12L Pot | Sorbus alnifolia 'Red Bird' | By Frank P Matthews™
Unusual Sorbus species from Korea
A vigorous tree with fern-like leaves.
They can tolerate very low and high temperatures, strong winds and low humidity.
The flowers are pure white in late spring and early summer, and will form loose clusters which are followed by brilliant red to yellow fruits in large clusters in the autumn.
- Habit: Spreading
- Flower Colour: White
- Foliage Colour: Green
- Berry Colour: Red
- Features: Attractive Berries, Autumn Colour, Winter Interest
- Supplied As: 12L Pot
- Height on Arrival: 1.5m (5ft)
- Age: 2 Years with 4 Year Rootstock
- Eventual Height & Spread: 8m x 8m (26 x 26ft)
- Watering: Bare root trees should have their roots soaked in water for up to 2 hours before planting, while with containerised trees, it is important to drench their root ball before planting.
- Pruning: Another difference is that for bare root trees, it is useful to prune their woody roots back a few inches. However, for containerised trees, you should free any spiralized roots growing around their rootball's circumference.
- Planting: With bare root trees, you should dig a hole to enable the graft point to be above the soil, while with containerised trees, the pot should sit no lower than an inch below the ground.
- With both, you should dig a hole that is twice the radius of their rootball. Stake your trees no more than 2 - 3 inches from the stem, and make sure that they are pointing away from the prevailing wind.
- Fill the planting hole with a mix of compost and garden soil, finishing with fertiliser and mycorrhizal fungi. Take care to not compress the soil.
- Once you are happy with your efforts, give your tree a generous watering.
- Add mulch on top (this can be bark and wood chippings, compost, manure, leaf-mould, and stones), and ensure that these do not touch the stem of the tree.
- Tie the stake to your tree (and leave space for growth), and place a rabbit guard around your tree to protect it from harmful pests.
- Apply fertiliser and replace decomposed mulch come spring. In autumn, remove fallen leaves to prevent the risk of disease. You should also make sure that the ties are not rubbing your tree.
- Hardiness: Rowan trees can be found throughout the temperate regions of the world and many species are native to the UK, so their winters are unlikely to cause damage.
- Position: Rowan trees benefit from being planted in full sun. Planting them in a sheltered spot will also help them put more resources into their flowering.
- Soil: Soil types can be an unwelcome confusion as many plants will adapt to their conditions. Nonetheless, less than ideal conditions will certainly limit your Rowan tree’s growth. Waterlogged soils will starve it of oxygen, which plays a key role in photosynthesis; causing the roots to rot and creating an optimal environment for disease. Similarly, compressed soils can starve them of oxygen and water, so you should avoid compressing the soil when planting.
|Deciduous Or Evergreen||Deciduous|
|Features||Multi-Season Interest Plants, Plants For Autumn Colour, Winter Interest Plants|
|Flower Colour||Pink, White|
|Needs Ericaceous Compost?||No|
|Supplied As||12L Pot|
|Supplied As||9L-14L Pot|
|Shop By Category||Ornamental Trees|