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Specialities

Tolerances

Wet Soil: Medium

Dry Soil: Medium

Lime: Medium

Sorbus aucuparia ‘Aspleniifolia’, commonly known as the Fern leaf Mountain Ash, is a captivating deciduous tree, known for its distinctive fern-like foliage and ornamental features. This cultivar is a selected form of the Sorbus aucuparia and is prized for its unique appearance.

The tree forms a rounded to broadly spreading crown with elegant, finely divided leaves reminiscent of ferns. Its foliage create a delicate and airy texture, providing a lovely green canopy during summer.

In late spring to early summer, the tree produces clusters of white flowers in corymbs, creating a contrast against the finely cut leaves. Following the bloom, the tree develops red-orange berries in late summer and early autumn, which not only add visual interest, but are also highly popular with native birds.

Come autumn, Sorbus aucuparia ‘Aspleniifolia’ undergoes a remarkable transformation, with the finely textured leaves taking on warm hues of orange and red. This seasonal display adds a vibrant touch to the landscape, making it standout feature wherever it is planted.

This hybrid is a strong grower, providing a robust tree full of vigour but which does not ultimately become too large.

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Size

Small

9m high x 4m wide after 25 years

Environment

Suitable for planting in parks and larger gardens.

Canopy

Neat form with dominant leader and well balanced crown.

Foliage

Pinnate a long mid-rib with 11-19 leaflets. Each leaflet is deeply cut and toothed which gives the effect of a fern-leaf.

Flowers

White flowers in May and early June.

Fruit

Orange-red fruits in clusters from mid-summer into the autumn.

Resilience

A hardy tree that will tolerate most soil types, including acidic. Thrives in well-drained soil.

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