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Upright Rowan Sorbus Sheerwater Seedling

Description & features

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Size and quantity

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Size / Height
Price
Quantity
 
15L pot size / 1.75-2.75m
£60.00

All prices include VAT

All prices include VAT

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 SHEERWATER SEEDLING – Upright Rowan

Characteristics

An upright, oval-shaped tree with a neat outline making this a good choice in tight spaces or where height but not spread is required. Sheerwater Seedling has an ultimate height of 7m (23ft) and a light, open canopy of feathery leaves. The clusters of berries, a favourite for birds, are an orangey-red by late summer when the foliage turns from green to shades of orange for a fine autumn display. Groups of tiny white spring flowers are a good nectar supply for bees and other insects.

Where to grow

Prefers a sunny location but will grow in partial shade. Perfect for gardens with limited space and is often planted alongside roads, in playgrounds and other urban sites for this reason. Grow in well-drained soil.

Did you know?

The berries of the native rowan (Sorbus aucuparia), and any of its cultivars such as Sheerwater Seedling, are a favourite of blackbirds, thrushes and an occasional winter visitor to Britain, the waxwing. This colourful, crested bird is native to Scandinavia but when winters are harsh they migrate to find food.
 

 

Features

Mature height
Small - 5-10 metres
Spread
0-5 metres
Shape / habit
Conical
Growth rate
Fast
Soil type
All soil types
Sun levels
Full sun
Partial shade
Difficulty / hard to grow
Easy
Evergreen / Deciduous
Deciduous
Season of interest
Autumn
Spring
Autumn colour
Orange
Red
Leaf
Green
Foliage
Fine/Light leaf
Flower colour
White
Flowering month
May
Scent
Scented Flowers
Berries / fruit colour
Orange
Red
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
Conical
Growth rate
Fast
Soil type
All soil types
Sun levels
Full sun
Partial shade
Difficulty / hard to grow
Easy
Evergreen / Deciduous
Deciduous
Season of interest
Autumn
Spring
Autumn colour
Orange
Red
Leaf
Green
Foliage
Fine/Light leaf
Flower colour
White
Flowering month
May
Scent
Scented Flowers
Berries / fruit colour
Orange
Red
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 Terry Capstick on 06/09/2014

Thinking of introducing Sorbus Aucuparia Sheerwater Seedling.  Can this be pruned to restrict height and what is the best time to plant bare rooted.  Keen birdwatcher and I know this is one of the best for berries unless you can suggest a more compact tree of medium height.  Thank you

By Simon on 16/09/2014

Hello Terry,

It is a very good tree for birds and from a young age will produce big clusters of red berries. While you can prune it you might find that it affects the overall shape of the tree. If you want something smaller that is also good for birds you could look at the Amelanchiers.

By Terry on 16/09/2014

Thanks to Simon for his help.  We have Amelanchiers and the birds love the berries,they remove them very quickly.

By Wendy on 21/09/2016

Will a sheerwater Seedling be damaged by being near to the sea.  Our garden is about a quarter of a mile from the shore. Many thanks

By Simon on 21/09/2016

Hello Wendy,

It should be okay to plant one at this distance from the shore. Make sure it is staked well during establishment.

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