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Sorbus - Mountain Ash

Among the most magnificent trees for fruit display, Sorbus (Mountain Ash) can be deciduous trees or shrubs with finely cut leaves and showy flower clusters. The blossoms give way to red, orange, brown, white or yellow fruit in fall, which persist long after the leaves have fallen. Some Sorbus varieties enjoy good fall color. Fast-growing and long-lived, Mountain Ashes can grow in a variety of soils and situations.

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Sorbus 'Joseph Rock' (Mountain Ash)

An ideal specimen tree for small gardens, Sorbus 'Joseph Rock' (Mountain Ash) is a pretty, upright, deciduous tree with a long season of interest. In late spring it produces charming clusters of white flowers, 4 in. (10 cm), which are quickly followed by abundant clusters of vibrant, butter-yellow fruits. The elegant foliage of blue-green, pinnate leaves is divided into up to 21 leaflets, and casts light shade in the summer months. It warms up to glowing shades of orange, purple and red in the fall

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Sorbus alnifolia (Korean Mountain Ash)

An ideal specimen tree for small gardens, Sorbus alnifolia (Korean Mountain Ash) is a small, densely-branched, deciduous tree with a long season of interest. Attractive in form, elegant in flower, colorful in fruit and foliage, Sorbus alnifolia stars in almost every season of the year.

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Sorbus americana (American Mountain Ash)

Sorbus americana (American Mountain Ash) is a small, densely-branched shrub or deciduous tree adorned with a short trunk and spreading, slender branches that form an open rounded crown. The elegant foliage of compound-pinnate, dark green leaves, 2-4 in. long (5-10 cm), with gray-green undersides, warms up to orange-yellow to reddish purple to red in the fall, before falling to the ground, revealing the smooth gray bark becoming scaly with age.

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Sorbus aria 'Lutescens' (Whitebeam)

Luminous, Sorbus aria 'Lutescens' (Whitebeam) is a medium-sized deciduous tree of oval to broad-pyramidal habit with a ravishing foliage of broadly elliptic leaves, 4 in. long (10 cm), that emerge silvery in spring since densely covered in very short white hairs. The leaves remain gray-green throughout the summer, with bright white undersides and their effect is beautiful, especially on windy days when they are buffeted about.

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Sorbus aucuparia (European Mountain Ash)

Sorbus aucuparia (European Mountain Ash) is an upright deciduous tree of erect and oval habit in youth, usually rounding and opening with age. The elegant foliage of pinnate, uniformly serrated, dark green leaves, 2.5 in. long (6 cm), warms up to yellow, red, and reddish purple in the fall, before falling to the ground, revealing the smooth, shiny, gray-brown bark becoming slightly roughened with age.

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Sorbus intermedia (Swedish Whitebeam)

Sorbus intermedia (Swedish Whitebeam) is a medium-sized deciduous tree adorned with a broad, dense canopy of broadly oval, deeply-lobed, dark green leaves covered with gray hairs on the underside, giving the tree a silvery appearance. In late spring, a profusion of tiny white flowers held in flat-topped clusters are produced. They are quickly followed by abundant clusters of showy, bright red berries in late summer.

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Sorbus pseudohupehensis 'Pink Pagoda' (Chinese Mountain Ash)

Sorbus pseudohupehensis 'Pink Pagoda' (Chinese Mountain Ash) is a compact medium-sized deciduous tree of broadly columnar habit with blue-green, pinnate leaves that warm up to brilliant red in the fall.

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Sorbus thibetica 'John Mitchell' (Tibetan Whitebeam)

Strong-growing, Sorbus thibetica 'John Mitchell' (Tibetan Whitebeam) is a compact medium-sized deciduous tree adorned with a conical, almost rounded canopy of large, broadly rounded leaves, 6 in. long (15 cm). The leaves emerge silvery-white in spring and gradually turn glossy green above, keeping their white-hairy undersides, and warm up to yellow and bronze in the fall.

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Sorbus torminalis (Wild Service Tree)

A grand sight in almost every season, Sorbus torminalis (Wild Service Tree) is a spreading deciduous tree adorned with upright sweeping branches and a rounded canopy of broad, pinnately lobed, maple-like, bright glossy green leaves, 3-5 in. long (7-12 cm), that warm up to a rich, coppery red in the fall, before falling to the ground, revealing the brown and patterned bark.

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