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Sorbus vilmorinii (Vilmorin's rowan)

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skill rating
1 hour care
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5m
Max height
5m
Max spread
10-20 years
To maturity

Plant details

Botanical name

Sorbus vilmorinii

Other names

Vilmorin's rowan

Genus

Sorbus Sorbus

Species

S. vilmorinii - S. vilmorinii is a small, deciduous tree with arching branches, feathery, compound, grey-green leaves and in spring creamy white flowers that are followed in autumn with red to pink berries.


Sorbus vilmorinii is: Deciduous

Habit

Arching, Upright

Awards

RHS AGM (Award of Garden Merit)

Flower

Cream, White in Spring

Foliage

Grey-green in Spring; Grey-green in Summer; Red, Purple 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 2 or 6.

Propagation methods

Seed, Semi-hardwood cuttings


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Where to grow

Sorbus vilmorinii (Vilmorin's rowan) will reach a height of 5m and a spread of 5m after 10-20 years.

Suggested uses

Low Maintenance, Wildlife

Cultivation

Plant in moderately fertile, humus-rich soil in sun or partial shade. This tree is tolerant of atmospheric pollution.

Soil type

Chalky, Loamy, Sandy

Soil drainage

Moist but well-drained, Well-drained

Soil pH

Alkaline, 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

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Botanical name

Sorbus vilmorinii

Other names

Vilmorin's rowan

Genus

Sorbus Sorbus

Species

S. vilmorinii - S. vilmorinii is a small, deciduous tree with arching branches, feathery, compound, grey-green leaves and in spring creamy white flowers that are followed in autumn with red to pink berries.

Native to

China

Foliage

Deciduous

Habit

Arching, Upright

Awards

RHS AGM (Award of Garden Merit)


Colour

Flower

Cream, White in Spring

Foliage

Grey-green in Spring; Grey-green in Summer; Red, Purple 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 2 or 6.

Propagation methods

Seed, Semi-hardwood cuttings


Monthly care advice


Where to grow

Sorbus vilmorinii (Vilmorin's rowan) will reach a height of 5m and a spread of 5m after 10-20 years.

Suggested uses

Low Maintenance, Wildlife

Cultivation

Plant in moderately fertile, humus-rich soil in sun or partial shade. This tree is tolerant of atmospheric pollution.

Soil type

Chalky, Loamy, Sandy

Soil drainage

Moist but well-drained, Well-drained

Soil pH

Alkaline, 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 7, Zone 6, Zone 5

Defra's Risk register #1

Plant name

Sorbus vilmorinii (Vilmorin's rowan)

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 vilmorinii (Vilmorin's rowan)

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 vilmorinii (Vilmorin's rowan)

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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Slow sorbus

I have a sorbus vilmorinii - approximatel 8 years old. Although it has grown upwards - it doesn't seem to get any wider. Cultivation notes say a spread of 5m after 10 to 20 years, but my tree isn't… read more

sorbus vilmorinii

I have three sorbus vilmorinii trees, planted 2 and 1/2 years ago. Two have developed what I think is canker. I would like advice on how to deal with this. Thank you. read more

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