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Specialities

Tolerances

Wet Soil: Medium

Dry Soil: Medium

Lime: High

Sorbus ‘Autumn Spire’ is a stunning deciduous tree known for its upright form and vibrant foliage. It’s a variant of Sorbus ‘Joseph Rock’ and has the same feathered leaves and lemon-yellow berries.

During the growing season, ‘Autumn Spire’ showcases a dense canopy of feathered, pinnate leaves. The foliage emerges bright green and provides a stunning backdrop for clusters of white blossoms that appear in late spring. As summer transitions into autumn, the leaves transform into a brilliant display of fiery hues, ranging from bronze-reds, to deep yellows and purples.

In addition to its stunning foliage, Sorbus ‘Autumn Spire’ produces small fruits. These aren’t the standard red berries that Rowans usually display; they are lemon-yellow with reddish centres and contrast beautifully against autumn foliage. These berries are a valuable food source for birds.

Whether used as a standalone tree or planted in small groups, Sorbus ‘Autumn Spire’ will bring year-round interest and beauty to any landscape. Its slim, upright form makes it perfect for smaller areas and projects that want to make the most of vertical space. A popular choice among landscape contractors and local authorities alike.

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Size

Small

5m high x 2.5m wide after 25 years

Environment

An excellent choice for smaller projects and narrow areas, due to its slender shape. Great street tree.

Canopy

Upright when young, becoming more columnar as it matures. Highly regarded for its slender shape.

Foliage

Feathered, pinnate leaves. Emerges bright green transforming to blue-green in summer. Come autumn, leaves will turn vibrant hues of reds, yellows and purples.

Flowers

In spring, the tree will produce white blossoms that grow in flat umbels.

Fruit

Lemon-yellow berries with red centres.

Resilience

Will do well in any good soil, including moderately fertile and humus, but does best in well-drained, loamy or sandy soil. Won’t do well in waterlogged or wet sites. Tolerant of urban pollution and exposed coastal conditions. Does best in full or partial sun.

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