Scarlet Japanese Rowan, Large Trees

General Info RHS AGM, Wildlife Value
Shade Full Sun, Partial Shade
Area Exposed Windy Areas, Frost Pockets, Scotland & The North
Soil Good, Well Drained, Acidic, Poor/Dry
Colour White/Cream
Type Screening
Ornamental Autumn Colour, Berries
Flowering May, Jun

Sorbus commixta Embley (Standard)

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  Buy 4 or more bareroot trees and save

SIZES 1-3 4-910+
6/8cm Girth Standard. Bareroot Sold out for the season £89.94Sold out for the season£84.96Sold out for the season£79.98
  Prices include VAT(where applicable)



Rowan, Embley - Standard needs...
  • Tree Guards for Standards and established Trees

    Tree Guard, Heavy Duty

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  • Treated Tree Stakes

    Stakes, Tree Planting

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  • Rootgrow Root Stimulant


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  • Tree Planting pack - mulch mat, pegs, stake and tie

    Tree Planting Pack

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Sorbus commixta Embley: Bareroot Scarlet Japanese Rowan Trees in Standard Sizes

Embley is exceptionally glamorous in autumn when the leaves remain on the branches for weeks, turning yellow at first, then warming to fiery orange-red tones. The glossy orange-red berries should decorate the tree into early November. The bunches of white flowers in late spring are less impressive but still great for bees and butterflies.
It is upright and narrow (fastigiate) when young, maturing after a decade or two into a rounded, tidy canopy up to about 7 metres high.

Browse our other varieties of Rowan & Mountain Ash.

Delivery season:
Rowan trees are delivered bareroot during late autumn and winter, approximately November-March inclusive.
Choosing a size: Small trees are cheaper, easier to handle and more forgiving of less than ideal aftercare, so they are best for a big planting project. If instant impact is your priority, or if you are only buying a few plants for use in a place where it is convenient to water them well in their first year, then you may as well use bigger ones. All our bareroot trees are measured by their height in centimetres above the ground (the roots aren't measured).


  • Neat, rounded mature form
  • Fiery autumn colour, red berries.
  • Dislikes chalk
  • Sizes: Big standard trees only.
  • Max. Height: 7m
  • Bareroot Delivery Only: Nov-Mar.
  • RHS Award of Garden Merit

Growing Embley Rowans

Any reasonably moist, well drained soil except chalk, where it tends to be stunted and short-lived. It is also unlikely to thrive on very dry, sandy soils in warmer parts of the country without irrigation. Full sun or partial shade. Suitable for large containers designed for trees. Tolerant of pollution and exposed locations, but not the coast.

Did You Know?

Native to the Far East, first brought to the UK in the 1880's. This cultivar was bred here by Hillier Nurseries.
In Japan, the species is known as nana kamado. A kamado is a type of traditional grill made of ceramic, and nana means seven, so the name refers to the wood burning so long and well that it is "seven times" better than other wood: seven is even more of a lucky number in Japan than in the West, with deep religious associations in both their Buddhist and native Shinto traditions.

Standard trees are measured by their girth in centimetres 1 metre above ground level: their trunk's waist measurement. Unlike sapling trees and hedge plants, standards aren't measured by their height, which will vary quite a bit both between and within species.
So, a 6/8cm standard tree has a trunk with a circumference of 6-8cm and an 8/10 standard has a trunk 8-10cm around. This measurement makes no difference to the tree's final height.
On average, standard trees are 2-3.5 metres tall when they arrive, but we cannot tell you precisely how tall your trees will be before we deliver them.

  • Small Box

    Small boxes

    (Orders containing seedlings or rooted cuttings)


    including VAT per order

  • Small box

    (All barerooted plants under 1.2 metres in height. Please note: all trees are charged at the trees and hedging rate.)


    including VAT per order

  • Medium box

    (Any pots up to
    and incl. 7.5L)


    including VAT per order

  • Trees & Hedging

    (For all orders of trees of any size, and all bareroot plants 1.2 metres and over in height)


    including VAT per order

  • Pallets

    (For all orders of root balls,
    and large orders, a pallet
    price will be automatically
    applied at checkout)


    including VAT per order

*Delivery to mainland Britain & the Isle of Wight ONLY. Surcharges to the Isle of Wight and some areas of Scotland apply.

Bareroot planting is best done between November and April
Bareroot and potted - what's the difference?

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