Rowan Sorbus Aucuparia Cardinal Royal

Description & features

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Size / Height
Price
Quantity
 
15L pot size / 1.75-2.75m
£48.00
30L pot size / 3.0-4.0m
£132.00
70L pot size / 3.5-4.5m
£230.00

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Size / Height
Price
Quantity
 
06-08cm girth / 2.4-2.75m
£59.40
08-10cm girth / 2.75-3.0m
£99.00
Volume discount 1-2 3-9 10+
06-08cm girth / 2.4-2.75m £59.40 £49.50 £44.70
08-10cm girth / 2.75-3.0m £99.00 £82.50 £74.40

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All prices include VAT

All prices include VAT

British Grown - The British Grown logo denotes plants and trees that have been both propagated and grown in the UK. Read more

Product description

SORBUS AUCUPARIA CARDINAL ROYAL – Red Berried Rowan

Characteristics

Cardinal Royal has all the attributes of the native rowan, Sorbus aucuparia, with a profusion of brighter red berries and a more upright and compact shape. This tree has typical rowan foliage of dainty dark green leaflets becoming orange and russet-coloured in autumn and also has a lovely display of creamy-white spring flowers. It grows up to 10m (33ft) tall with a neat outline. We often suggest this one where people ask for a red-berried rowan for the garden as it has more of a uniform shape than the native rowan.

Where to grow

Rowans require well-drained soil and grow best on a sunny site. They dislike thin chalky soils, preferring a higher acidity and can be grown in exposed locations. The upright, oval shape of this rowan makes it a perfect choice where space is limited.

Did you know?

‘Cardinal’ refers to the colour of the berries - Cardinals wear scarlet vestments and zucchettos (headwear) with scarlet piping and buttons on their black cassocks.

 

 

Features

Mature height
Small - 5-10 metres
Spread
0-5 metres
Shape / habit
Pyramidal
Growth rate
Fast
Soil type
All soil types
Sun levels
Full sun
Difficulty / hard to grow
Easy
Evergreen / Deciduous
Deciduous
Season of interest
Autumn
Summer
Autumn colour
Orange
Leaf
Green
Foliage
Early to Leaf
Flower colour
White
Flowering month
April
Scent
Scented Flowers
Berries / fruit colour
Red
Other
Good for Windy sites
Good at altitude
Uses
Screening
Parkland Tree
Garden Tree
Small garden Tree
City/Urban Sites
Bird Food
Bee Friendly

Features

Mature height
Small - 5-10 metres
Spread
0-5 metres
Shape / habit
Pyramidal
Growth rate
Fast
Soil type
All soil types
Sun levels
Full sun
Difficulty / hard to grow
Easy
Evergreen / Deciduous
Deciduous
Season of interest
Autumn
Summer
Autumn colour
Orange
Leaf
Green
Foliage
Early to Leaf
Flower colour
White
Flowering month
April
Scent
Scented Flowers
Berries / fruit colour
Red
Other
Good for Windy sites
Good at altitude
Uses
Screening
Parkland Tree
Garden Tree
Small garden Tree
City/Urban Sites
Bird Food
Bee Friendly

Aftercare

For the continued healthy growth of your trees, shrubs or hedging it is vital that you follow the advice below.

Watering

The main reason that plants die within 12 months of having been planted is lack of water.  It is essential throughout the spring and summer, to give a heavy enough watering to enable the water to penetrate right down to the deepest root level of the tree.  In hot dry spells give the equivalent of 2 bucketfuls every three days.

Weed Control

One of the most common causes of lack of water is competition from grass.  When trees are first establishing, the grass roots would be at the same level as the tree roots and are far more efficient at taking up water and thus choke the tree.  It is vital for 3 years after planting that your tree or hedge has a circle or strip one  metre wide completely free of grass.  The way to eliminate grass in order of effectiveness is:

  1. Spray off the grass with a glyphosate based weed killer such as Roundup.  Apply each year for the first 3 years.  It is best applied when the tree is dormant as it is absorbed through green leaves and kills the plant off at the roots.
  2. Firmly fit a mulch mat around the base of the tree by tucking the edges into the soil and put a thick layer of bark mulch on top of this.  This can be done after the initial spraying with glyphosate and should avoid the need for further spraying.

Mowing or strimming is NOT an answer to the problem.  Each time you mow, the grass will grow back more vigorously and strimming invariably leads to lacerated trunks.

Staking

If trees are not correctly secured they will rock in the planting pit. Roots not firmly in contact with the soil are unable to take up moisture and nutrients, resulting in die back or death of the tree.  Check, particularly after windy weather, that stakes are still solidly in the ground keeping the base of the trunk firm.  The purpose of the stakes is to anchor the roots.   Flexing in the wind, higher up the trunk, is not necessarily a problem if the roots are firm.

Bellow is list of the correct system to use to secure your trees.

  • 40/60, 60/80, 80/100 whips - Unless rabbit/deer problem no need to stake.
  • 100/125, 125/150  1.2m Cane and Easi tie.
  • 150/175  1.2m square stake and a buckle tie and spacer.
  • 175/250, 6/8, 8/10 15L 1.65 Tree stake and a buckle tie and spacer.
  • All larger trees. 2 x 1.65 Tree stake and cross rail with 38mm cushion spacer and 1m of 38mm strapping.

Ties

Always use our recommended tree ties or strapping.  These are designed and manufactured with the correct amount of give to hold the tree firm without strangling it. They should be checked at the end of each growing season for adjustment as the trunk thickens.  Non proprietary materials such as baler twine will cut into the bark and should not be used.

Protection from Animal Damage

Rabbits, deer, sheep, cattle and horses can all potentially damage trees.  Ask us for advice on the most appropriate guards for your trees or hedge.  Squirrels are also a terrible pest when trees get to about 20ft tall but there is no protection available.


Comments

By Kate on 11/11/2013

I have planted one of these beautiful trees in my own garden. I am thinking of using this variety for a parish council street planting, but have found that there were so many berries on the new tree of my own that I had to take many off.it was bending the branches.
Would this be a problem in a street plant? Are they really robust enough, and low maintenance?
Many thanks K

By Simon on 12/11/2013

Hello K,

Yes Cardinal royal is considered a good street tree, mostly due to it’s upright habit. You are right in that they do berry profusely and while the berries are on the tree it can cause the branches to hang. Though we have never had to cut them off here on the nursery. If you want an alternative upright tree with fewer red berries I would suggest Crataegus Monogyna Stricta (Upright Hawthorn.)

Kind regards,

Simon

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