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Sorbus scalaris (Chinese mountain ash)

Beginner
skill rating
1 hour care
per year
10m
Max height
10m
Max spread
20-50 years
To maturity
Low
Toxicity

Plant details

Botanical name

Sorbus scalaris

Other names

Chinese mountain ash, Sorbus aucuparia var. pluripinnata, Pyrus scalaris, Sorbus foliolosa, Chinese rowan

Genus

Sorbus Sorbus

Species

S. scalaris - S. scalaris is a spreading, deciduous tree with pinnate leaves divided into glossy, narrowly oblong, dark green leaflets turning red and purple in autumn and, in late spring and early summer, flat clusters of white flowers followed by spherical red fruit.


Sorbus scalaris is: Deciduous

Habit

Spreading

Toxicity

Fruit may cause stomach upset.

Flower

White in Spring; White in Summer

Foliage

Dark-green in Spring; Dark-green in Summer; Reddish-purple, Orange-red in Autumn

How to care

Watch out for

Specific pests

Aphids , Blister mite , Sawflies Aphids , Blister mite , Sawflies

Apple and pear canker , Fireblight Apple and pear canker , Fireblight

General care

Pruning

Pruning group 1.

Propagation methods

Budding, Grafting, Softwood cuttings


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Where to grow

Sorbus scalaris (Chinese mountain ash) will reach a height of 10m and a spread of 10m after 20-50 years.

Suggested uses

City, Cottage/Informal, Low Maintenance, Specimen tree, Wildlife

Cultivation

Grow in humus-rich, moderately fertile soil. Drought and pollution tolerant. Tolerates partial shade but fruiting is best if sited in full sun.

Soil type

Sandy, Loamy

Soil drainage

Well-drained

Soil pH

Acid, Neutral

Light

Partial Shade, Full Sun

Aspect

North, South, East, West

Exposure

Exposed, Sheltered

UK hardiness Note: We are working to update our ratings. Thanks for your patience.

Hardy (H4)

Companion plants

Botanical name

Sorbus scalaris

Other names

Chinese mountain ash, Sorbus aucuparia var. pluripinnata, Pyrus scalaris, Sorbus foliolosa, Chinese rowan

Genus

Sorbus Sorbus

Species

S. scalaris - S. scalaris is a spreading, deciduous tree with pinnate leaves divided into glossy, narrowly oblong, dark green leaflets turning red and purple in autumn and, in late spring and early summer, flat clusters of white flowers followed by spherical red fruit.

Foliage

Deciduous

Habit

Spreading

Toxicity

Fruit may cause stomach upset.


Colour

Flower

White in Spring; White in Summer

Foliage

Dark-green in Spring; Dark-green in Summer; Reddish-purple, Orange-red in Autumn


How to care

Watch out for

Specific pests

Aphids , Blister mite , Sawflies

Specific diseases

Apple and pear canker , Fireblight

General care

Pruning

Pruning group 1.

Propagation methods

Budding, Grafting, Softwood cuttings


Monthly care advice


Where to grow

Sorbus scalaris (Chinese mountain ash) will reach a height of 10m and a spread of 10m after 20-50 years.

Suggested uses

City, Cottage/Informal, Low Maintenance, Specimen tree, Wildlife

Cultivation

Grow in humus-rich, moderately fertile soil. Drought and pollution tolerant. Tolerates partial shade but fruiting is best if sited in full sun.

Soil type

Sandy, Loamy

Soil drainage

Well-drained

Soil pH

Acid, Neutral

Light

Partial Shade, Full Sun

Aspect

North, South, East, West

Exposure

Exposed, Sheltered

UK hardiness Note: We are working to update our ratings. Thanks for your patience.

Hardy (H4)

USDA zones

Zone 9, Zone 8, Zone 7, Zone 6, Zone 5

Defra's Risk register #1

Plant name

Sorbus scalaris (Chinese mountain ash)

Common pest name

grape ground pearl

Scientific pest name

Margarodes vitis

Type

Insect

Current status in UK

Absent

Likelihood to spread to UK (1 is very low - 5 is very high)

2

Impact (1 is very low - 5 is very high)

5

General biosecurity comments

Main pathway; Vitis spp. plants for planting; already prohibited. However; further consideration of other pathways is required.

Defra's Risk register #2

Plant name

Sorbus scalaris (Chinese mountain ash)

Common pest name

Lance nematode; Nematode; Lance

Scientific pest name

Hoplolaimus spp.

Type

Nematode

Current status in UK

Absent

Likelihood to spread to UK (1 is very low - 5 is very high)

2

Impact (1 is very low - 5 is very high)

4

General biosecurity comments

Nematode species potentially affecting a wide variety of crops; prohibition of soil likely to mitigate risk substantially; keep under review in light of interceptions or findings should they occur in the EU.

Defra's Risk register #3

Plant name

Sorbus scalaris (Chinese mountain ash)

Common pest name

Cedar-Quince rust; Quince rust; Rust of apple; Rust of juniper; Rust of quince

Scientific pest name

Gymnosporangium clavipes

Type

Fungus

Current status in UK

Absent

Likelihood to spread to UK (1 is very low - 5 is very high)

2

Impact (1 is very low - 5 is very high)

4

General biosecurity comments

EU regulated rust disease which helps mitigate against introduction. A review of EU regulations will help to ensure that all hosts are regulated.

About this section

Our plants are under greater threat than ever before. There is increasing movement of plants and other material traded from an increasing variety of sources. This increases the chances of exotic pests arriving with imported goods and travellers, as well as by natural means. Shoot is working with Defra to help members to do their part in preventing the introduction and spread of invasive risks.

Traveling or importing plants? Please read "Don't risk it" advice here

Suspected outbreak? Click here for contact details to report to the relevant authority.

Date updated: 7th March 2019 For more information visit: https://planthealthportal.defra.gov.uk/

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