Sorbus aff. vilmorinii
This genus includes the rowans (mountain ash) and whitebeams, and this present group consists of the rowans, technically known as the Aucuparia section. These are small, graceful trees or shrubs with attractive foliage, which in the rowans is usually pinnate, toothed or lobed and provides good autumn colour. In spring or early summer they produce dense corymbs of frothy white or pinkish flowers, which are followed by fruit varying in colour depending on the species. Many species are apomictic, i.e. self-fertile, and so seedlings are clones of the parent. For this reason there are many species, groups of which can be similar to one another.
Sorbus aff. vilmorinii is a collection by Keith Rushforth of a species that is similar to Sorbus vilmorinii, but differs in various ways. It has leaves divided into about 12 pairs of leaflets, glossy green on red stems. In Autumn the clusters of fruit change from red to pink, at almost the same time as the leaves change from green to fiery red.
||3 litre pot|
||Early summer, fruit in autumn|
||any good garden soil|