Vilmorin's Rowan - 9L Pot (Sorbus vilmorinii)
A beautiful small tree, with finely formed fern-like foliage that turns to vibrant red and purple in autumn. Large heads of creamy white flowers in spring are followed by open bunches of rosy red berries that fade through pink to almost white. The berries are irresistible autumn food for birds.
Vilmorin's Rowan has been awarded the Award of Garden Merit given by the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS), which helps gardeners make informed choices about plants.
- Comes in a: 9L polypot (not a rigid pot)
- Approx. Height on Arrival: 130-150cm
- Tree is approx 2 years old with a 4 year old rootstock
- Flower Colour: White
- Foliage Colour: Green in spring and summer, red/purple in autumn
- Approx. Growth Height: 12m
- Flowering Period: Spring and summer
- Growing Habit: Bushy
- Hardiness: Fully hardy
- Exposure: Sheltered, exposed
- Rate of Growth: Max. height in 20 - 50 years
- Scented: No
- Wildlife friendly - attracts bees and other pollinating insects
- Light Requirements: full sun, partial shade
- Soil Requirements: alkaline, neutral, clay, loamy, sandy
- Moisture: well-drained, moderately fertile
Q:Does Height Really Matter?
A: Not As Much As You Might Think...
One stand out specification that customers often use to judge the value of a tree is the height. So should height directly correlate with the price of a tree? No, not necessarily.
To an extent the height of a tree can give you a good indication of its maturity but you must not forget: To grow a productive, well shaped, healthy tree you must prune it back regularly, especially when young.
Our trees often grow up to 2m in the fields before we prune them back and package them ready to send out. This pruning encourages the tree to grow more, stronger branches and ensures there is a good balance between the root size and top growth. This ensures that your tree puts energy into establishing a healthy root base instead of supporting top growth, providing a better foundation for your tree in the future.
So, in summary: Don’t let the extra 10/20cm you may find elsewhere sway you. You are likely to be paying extra for the delivery costs and, if you want a healthy tree in the long run, you’re going to have to chop it off anyway!
Caring and Maintenance
Water young trees regularly until roots are well established. Trim annually from mid to late summer. Apply some fertilizer in spring in order to promote healthy growth. Optionally, mulch in spring. Check tree ties regularly and loosen any if necessary to avoid rubbing of the stems.
Suited to almost all well-drained and moderately fertile soils in either an exposed or sheltered location with either full sun or partial shade.
Before planting your tree, clean up all wandering weeds and keep a clean ring around the tree base. Water well during the first year until well established.
Autumn is the best season for planting trees, as the soil moisture and heat allow easier and faster root establishment and regeneration of damaged root systems.
RHS Award of Garden Merit
The Award of Garden Merit or AGM is an award made to garden plants by the British Royal Horticultural Society after a period of assessment by the appropriate committees of the Society. Awards are made annually after plant trials (which may last for one or more years, depending on the type of plant being trialled) at RHS Garden, Wisley and other RHS gardens, or after observation of plants in specialist collections. This is intended to judge the plants' performance for conditions in the UK.
This is an example of our polypot - note the fruit/ornamental trees we stock will vary in appearance according to species and season.