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Wet Soil: Medium

Dry Soil: Medium

Lime: Medium

Sorbus commixta, commonly known as the Japanese Rowan is a deciduous tree native to East-Asia. Its foliage is one of the most striking features, with coppery leaves emerging from sticky buds in spring. Leaves are a bright glossy green on top, bluish-green on the underside and are imparipinnate. They measure around 25cm and are serrated along the margin. Come autumn, Sorbus commixta gives one of the very best autumn displays. Its leaves colour richly and transition to brilliant yellows and deep reds.

In spring, Japanese Rowan produce corymbs of white flowers. These are not only visually appealing but are ecologically valuable in that they attract pollinators such as bees and butterflies. Following the flowering period, Sorbus commixta produces small, round fruits, orange, brown and red in colour. These are borne in large erect branches and contrast beautifully against the tree’s foliage. Fruits persist well into winter, providing a valuable food source for birds.

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7m high x 4m wide after 25 years


Ideal for narrow streets avenues and housing.


Columnar habit when young and broadens in maturity.


Leaves are imparipinnate with 11-15 leaflets. Leaflets are oval, tapered and serrated along the margin. Coppery when they first emerge, transitioning to a bright glossy green colour on top and a blueish-green colour under.


Corymbs of white flowers appear in spring.


Small, round, orange brown and red berries.


Will do well in fresh to most well-draining soil. Grows well in moist soils, particularly clay, sandy and slightly acidic. Likes full sun to partially shaded and is tolerant of pollution.

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