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 bulleyana is one of several newly named species, which would previously have been included in Sorbus hupehensis, as a pink-fruited variety. These are all apomictic, which means that they come true from seed. It is a fine small tree, with greyish green leaves, many rounded leaflets making up each leaf. The large clusters of fruit are rich pink, quite striking.
||2 litre pot|
||Early summer, fruit in autumn|
||any good garden soil|