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Tolerances

Wet Soil: Medium

Dry Soil: Medium

Lime: Low

Sorbus commixta ‘Embley’ is a captivating deciduous tree with striking ornamental features. This cultivar is a selection of Sorbus commixta, known for its elegant form and vibrant autumnal display. ‘Embley’ is particularly prized for its foliage and visual appeal.

The small sized tree typically exhibits a broadly rounded crown with ascending branches. In spring and early summer, the tree produces clusters of creamy white flowers in corymbs creating a delightful contrast against the dark green foliage. The leaves of the ‘Embley’ emerge from long, pointed, sticky buds and are pinnate with serrated leaflets. Initially they are a copper colour, then turn a glossy dark green. In autumn, leaves transition to fiery reds and oranges. Sorbus commixta ‘Embley’ generally colours later than Sorbus commixta, but holds onto its spectacular autumn leaves for longer. To add to the seasonal spectacle, large, heavy bunches of orange-red fruits remain onto the tree until late October.

Adaptable to most soil types and relatively low maintenance, ‘Embley’ is well-suited for landscaping in a variety of settings. Its visual appeal, coupled with its resilience makes it an excellent choice for ornamental plantings and as a specimen tree.

 

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Size

Small

7m high x 4m wide after 25 years

Environment

Makes a great specimen tree in an autumn garden. A fantastic choice for ornamental planting.

Canopy

Neat and upright when young becoming rounded as it matures.

Foliage

Pinnate a long mid-rib with 11-15 leaflets. Glowing red autumn colour.

Flowers

White flowers in May and early June.

Fruit

Heavy bunches of orange-red fruits in clusters from mid-summer into the autumn.

Resilience

This tree is tolerant of most well-drained soils though not known to be long-lived on chalk.

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