Sorbus Cashmiriana an extremely ornamental Rowan
If you are looking for an ornamental tree for the small garden this really is one to consider. Sorbus Cashmiriana found growing in the Himalayas, our Scottish climate seems to suit its requirements very well.
Smothered in pale pink flowers in Spring, followed by pure white large berries in late Summer, very often hanging on to them until December. The birds are not so keen on the berries of this one.
Casmiriana is not a tall tree and is expected to grow to a maximum height of 20 feet, although I have never seen one even this tall, in fact the one which has been in our garden for about
20 years reached the height of seven feet a long time ago, and although very healthy, has not grown any taller.
Update on April 20th 2012—- Cashmiriana is said to be a short lived tree. Nevertheless it is very disappointing to find that it has given up on us. The leaves which are the first of the Rowans to open never made an appearance and on closer inspection it was found that the branches were brittle and dead. Dont be put off, ours was planted in a position where the soil was too shallow, expect your own specimen to last longer than twenty years.
Here listed are a few other Rowan trees,(Pink Pagoda), with gorgeous leaves, which have a blue/grey hue, pink flowers in Spring and clusters of small red berries come late Summer. This one grows to a maximum height of eighteen feet.
Vilmorinii from China, long dark green pinnate leaves, arching branches. White flowers in Spring and dark red berries in late Summer, ageing pink then white, grows to about fifteen feet.
(Joseph Rock), this Rowan tree at the moment is my favourite, although I am a bit fickle and may change my mind. Bright green leaves which turn, orange, red and purple come Autumn. White flowers in Spring, and pale yellow berries which later turn orange. This one can grow to thirty feet.
Rowan (Aucuparia), native to Scotland grows to a maximum of fifty feet after many years. White flowers in late Spring and brilliant red berries from late Summer and Autumn, or until the birds have feasted on them.
The final Rowan which we have in the garden is Sorbus Chinese Lace. Grows to a height of 12/15 ft, the leaves have a deeply cut lacey foliage which colour up beautifully in Autumn. White flowers in early Summer, orange berries follow in Autumn. This Rowan has been in our garden for six years and has never had berries. However I think the problem is that we have it planted in a north facing position. I haven’t taken a photo of this one yet, I will add it next year even if it is just to show the leaves.
These trees all grow well in moderately fertile humus rich well drained soil, in sun or dappled shade.
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