Sorbus cashmiriana - Kashmir Rowan
An unusual rowan, unsurprisingly from Kashmir, Sorbus cashmiriana (sometimes spelt Sorbus cashmeriana) is adored by gardeners rather than birds, for its berries, which are unlike those of any other rowan. Whereas other species tend to have fairly small, colourful fruits that are often gobbled up by birds as soon as they are ripe, this tree has white berries that are up to half an inch across and not so popular with birds - perhaps they are a bit too big to swallow whole! As a result, they hang in the branches like big creamy marbles all winter, elegantly beautiful next to the reddish leaf buds that are waiting for the spring. In May the flowers open and these are not only larger than normal for a rowan, they are also washed with a pink tinge for a bit of extra colour. The one thing that it does have in common with other rowans is its leaves, which are quite large and put on a warming display of reds and golds in autumn. It is closely related to the Chinese Rowans, whose native habitat is on the other side of the Himalayas from Kashmir. We don't know the exact date for its introduction to Europe, though it was probably during the early 1930's. An upright tree with a naturally open habit, Sorbus cashmiriana will only reach about 9 metres, 30 feet - highly recommended for a small garden where it will be seen close up. But if white berries that stay on the tree all winter are not for you then take a look at the rest of our range of Rowan, Whitebeam & Wild Service trees.
Planting Sorbus cashmiriana
Kashmir Rowan is slightly less hardy than its cousins and prefers a sheltered site with plenty of sun - we don't recommend it for planting in frost pockets. That said, it is sure to be increasingly comfortable here if the climate continues to warm. For abundant flowers and fruit, it is really worth your while improving the soil before planting with some well-rotted organic matter. Some trees can develop a few suckers - tear out (don't cut) any unwanted stems as they appear. These trees don't like being planted on shallow chalk but apart from that will do well in any fertile, well-drained soil.
Please watch our tree planting video for full planting instructions.
How Standard Trees are Measured:
All the plants in the ornamental trees section are graded as standards, which means that they are measured by their girth in centimetres 1 metre above ground level (basically, their trunk's waist measurement). They aren't measured by their height, which will vary.
So, a 6/8 standard has a trunk with a circumference of 6-8 centimetres and an 8/10 standard has a trunk 8-10 centimetres around.
This measurement makes no difference to the tree's final height. Most standards are between 2 - 3.5 metres tall, but this is just an average. We cannot tell you how tall your trees will be before we deliver them.