Chinese Mountain Ash, Large Trees

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

Sorbus hupehensis (Standard)

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SIZES 1-2 3-910+
200/250 cm Bareroot Out of Stock £54.96Out of Stock£49.98Out of Stock£46.98
Half Standard. Bareroot Out of Stock £54.96Out of Stock £49.98Out of Stock £46.98
6/8cm Girth Standard. Bareroot Out of Stock - Unavailable this year £89.94Out of Stock - Unavailable this year£74.94Out of Stock - Unavailable this year£69.96
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Rowan, hupehensis - Standard needs...
  • Tree Guards for Standards and established Trees

    Tree Guard, Heavy Duty

    From £4.02

  • Treated Tree Stakes

    Stakes, Tree Planting

    From £5.76

  • Rootgrow Root Stimulant


    From £6.00

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

    Tree Planting Pack

    From £10.19

Sorbus hupehensis: Bareroot White Berried Chinese Rowan Trees in Standard Sizes

Sorbus hupehensis is a Chinese variety of Rowan or Mountain Ash with excellent autumn colour and distinctive white berries when ripe, touched with faint pink.
It can also easily be distinguished from native Rowans by the leaves, which have the typical pinnate form, but each opposing leaflet is oval, rather than pointed, has small serrations on the end and is deep green with a slightly blue tone.
Abundant corymbs of simple, small white flowers appear in June, standing out brilliantly from the background of dark leaves.
Its big moment of glory comes in autumn, when the leaves drop their sombre disguise and burst into lucid red flames. By that time, the pink young berries have matured to mostly white, washed with a dash of pale pink, held on red stalks. The fruit only becomes tasty to birds after they have been chilled a few times by frost, which means that they will stick around long after all the leaves have fallen: the bare tree, hung with delicate bunches of slightly rosy pearls is a beautiful and exotic sight.

Although Chinese Rowan is very vigorous, it has an upright, nearly column-shaped canopy.
It can reach a height of about 6-10 metres. One specimen in the wild was recorded at 15 metres, but this was probably both very old and forced to grow tall and straight in the forest.

Browse our other Rowan trees, Whitebeam & Wild Service trees.

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).


  • Height: 6-10m
  • Soil: Any well drained
  • Use: Specimen, small garden, large container, avenue, urban
  • Colour: White flowers, pink fruit ripen to mostly white.
  • Bareroot delivery only: November-March

Growing Chinese Rowan

A very hardy and wind resistant tree that can grow almost anywhere with a decent amount of sun and drainage. It produces better Autumn colour on acidic soils, and won't really thrive on shallow chalk.

Did You Know?

This tree has won a couple of awards from the RHS, including one for outstanding excellence on display - we would bet that the prize was given during autumn. Unlike the berries of other types of mountain ash, these berries aren't good for humans to eat - something that hungry birds in winter are sure to be grateful for.
The adventurous Ernest "Chinese" Wilson (1876-1930) first described it in 1901 in Hubei province (spelt Hupeh in his day) in central China. About 15 years later, George Forrest (1873-1932) collected the samples from which all the S. hupehensis trees in the West are derived. Due to an administrative error at the RHS, they were sold as S. wilsoniana f. glaberrima for several years.

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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