Vilmorins Rowan, Large Trees

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General Info RHS AGM, Wildlife Value
Area Coastal Areas, Exposed Windy Areas, Frost Pockets, Scotland & The North
Soil Poor/Dry
Colour Red/Crimson, White/Cream
Ornamental Autumn Colour, Berries
Flowering May

Sorbus vilmorinii (Standard)

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  Buy 3 or more bareroot trees and save

SIZES 1-2 3-910+
Feather. Bareroot 1.75-2.5m OUT OF STOCK £54.96OUT OF STOCK£49.98OUT OF STOCK£46.98
200/250 cm Bareroot OUT OF STOCK £54.96OUT OF STOCK £49.98OUT OF STOCK £46.98
6/8cm Girth Standard. Bareroot Sold out for the season £89.94Sold out for the season£74.94Sold out for the season£69.96
8/10cm Girth Standard. Bareroot Sold out for the season £124.98Sold out for the season£104.40Sold out for the season£94.44
  Prices include VAT(where applicable)



Rowan, Vilmorins - 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 vilmorinii: Bareroot Pink Berried Rowan Trees in Standard Sizes

Sorbus vilmorinii is a small, spreading Chinese rowan tree with bags of ornamental value: one of the most delicate and graceful Rowans.
The foliage consists of long fronds of opposing leaflets that spread out as though they are investigating their surroundings, twitching in the lightest breeze and resembling ferns from a distance.
In spring, large clusters of white flowers rise up from the base of the leaves. These are smaller than other types of Rowan, but they more than make up for it by appearing in such dense numbers that they seem to froth out of the tree. When autumn comes, the leaves go out in a jumble of rich, deep reds and purples that help show off the bold colours of the plentiful berries, which slowly change colour from maroon to rosy white, passing through shell pink on the way.

They can be kept as a tree or allowed to become more of a large shrub to about 4-5 metres.

Browse all of our other varieties of Rowan / Mountain Ash trees, or our full range of 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: 4-5m
  • Soil: Any well drained, fairly moist soil except shallow chalk
  • Use: Specimen, small garden, large container, avenue, urban
  • Colour: Berries change from deep pink to almost white.
  • RHS Award of Garden Merit
  • Bareroot delivery only: November-March

Growing Vilmorin Rowans

Any reasonably moist, well drained soil apart from shallow chalk. Suitable for large containers designed for trees. Full sun or partial shade. Tolerant of pollution. Does not tolerate drought. Really thrives in high rainfall areas with fairly light soil in colder parts of the UK. Tolerates partial shade, but is most ornamental in full sun.

Without occasional pruning to maintain a single stem, mature plants tend to become multi-stemmed large shrubs if left to their own devices.

Did You Know?

This tree was introduced to Europe in about 1890 by either Abbot Delavay or Father Armand David, two French missionaries who spent long careers in China. They worked at the same time and were prolific plant collectors; it seems that both men were too modest to ensure that they were remembered as the one who discovered this beautiful plant. Either way, it was discovered on the north side of the mountain ranges that mark the border between Kashmir and China, and named after Auguste Louis Maurice Lévêque de Vilmorin (1849-1918), who was president of three agricultural and botanical societies and academies in his career.

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


    For ORDERS
    Over £60 inc VAT

  • 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


    For ORDERS
    Over £60 inc VAT

  • Medium box

    (Any pots up to
    and incl. 7.5L)


    including VAT per order


    For ORDERS
    Over £100 inc VAT

  • 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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