A picture of a Sorbus

Sorbus

Sorbus spp.

Sorbus-alnifolia-flowers by Sten Porse (CC BY-SA 3.0)

Full Sun
Moderate watering
Tender

11b

USDA zone

7°C

Minimum temperature

Expected size

Height
Spread

Max

Min

Flowering

  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

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A photo of Sorbus
A photo of Sorbus

Sorbus Overview

The genus Sorbus contains approximately 244 deciduous trees and shrubs which are customarily grown for their flowers, fruits, foliage and in some species nice autumn colour. Species in this genus possess either leaves divided into leaflets or whole leaves and those with divided leaflets tend to grow worse in dry soils. Small flowers are white or sometimes pink, they have 5 petals and are organised in clusters on branched stems, sometimes in a flat-topped corymb arrangement. These lead on to spherical, fleshy yellow, white, orange, brown or most frequently bright red berries.

Common problems with Sorbus

How to propagate Sorbus

Budding

You can propagate by softwood cuttings or budding in summer, by stratified seed in autumn.

Cuttings

Seed

Grafting

Grafting in winter.

Other uses of Sorbus

Grown for their foliage, small, 5 petalled flowers, attractive fruits and in some species, autumn colour. Suitable for coastal conditions.

Plants to Encourage Birds in Your Garden

Include any of these plants into your garden to provide shelter and food for birds.

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Deciduous Trees

Deciduous (leaf dropping) trees often have amazing fall colour.

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