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Tolerances

Wet Soil: Medium

Dry Soil: Medium

Lime: Medium

Sorbus aucuparia ‘Cardinal Royal’, commonly known as the Cardinal Royal Mountain Ash, is a deciduous cultivar of Sorbus aucuparia and lends itself well to small scale jobs.

The tree typically forms a rounded or oval-shaped crown with ascending branches, creating an attractive silhouette. Its upright branching habit forms a neat, tidy tree. In spring, the tree produces clusters of white flowers arranged in corymbs, providing a beautiful contrast against the dark green pinnate leaves. The foliage is composted of serrated leaflets that add a lovely texture to the canopy.

One of the standout features of this cultivar is its brilliant autumnal transformation. As the seasons change, the leaves undergo a dramatic change, turning rusty shades of orange and red. In addition, the Cardinal Royal produces clusters of large bunches of red berries in late summer and early autumn, creating a beautiful contrast against both summer and autumn foliage. The fruits are more numerous and red than Sorbus aucuparia and not only add ornamental interest but serve as a food source for birds.

Because of its bountiful fruit, this species is popular with those who make jelly and jam though is not sweet like Edulis and should not be eaten raw to avoid indigestion!

 

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Size

Small

9m high x 3m wide after 25 years

Environment

Great for gardens and parklands. Will also make a good carpark tree.

Canopy

Broadly upright form with a well-balanced crown. This selection is a strong grower, providing a robust tree full of vigour. It is probably the tallest of the Rowans and classified as a small to medium-sized tree.

Foliage

Pinnate long mid-rib with 11-19 leaflets. The summer foliage is mid-green with a slight silver underside in colour and turns rusty coloured in the autumn.

Flowers

White flowers in May and early June.

Fruit

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

Resilience

Adaptable to various soil types but will thrive on free draining soils.

Wildlife

Flowers attract bees and other pollinators. Berries are a valuable food source for birds in the winter.

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