Vilmorin's Rowan - 9L Pot (Sorbus vilmorinii)

Code: TR0204
Vilmorin's Rowan - 9L Pot (Sorbus vilmorinii)
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. Excellent 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.


  • Flower Colour: white
  • Foliage Colour: green in spring and summer, red/purple in autumn
  • Approx. Growth Height: 12m
  • Comes in a: 9L polypot (not a rigid pot)
  • Approx. Height on Arrival: 150-170cm
  • Tree is approx 3 years old with a 1 year old rootstock
  • 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

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.


  • Planting Distance: 8m

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.
Customer Reviews

Average Rating: 4.3/5 (7 reviews)

Rating: 2/5

"Tree ordered not available so different Sorbus substituted with my agreement . Tree' leaves had some small brown spots on them, some leaf stalks were partially snapped. Since planting, carefully following instructions, some of leaves have shrivelled up."

Reviewed Wednesday, 31 August 2016

Rating: 4/5

"Similar comment regarding the broken top of the tree."

Reviewed Thursday, 21 July 2016

Rating: 4/5

"plants delivered"

Reviewed Wednesday, 3 February 2016

Rating: 5/5

"Very pleased with the size of the tree for the price. Well packaged and very healthy when it arrived."

Reviewed Tuesday, 14 July 2015

Rating: 5/5

"Just planting this afternoon when the rain stops but it's very cold"

Reviewed Monday, 2 March 2015

Rating: 5/5

"Easy ordering, and kept informed of order, arrived when advised."

Reviewed Tuesday, 13 May 2014

Rating: 5/5

"Healthy looking little tree, well cared for with lots of healthy buds. Looking forward to next spring!"

Reviewed Tuesday, 12 November 2013

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