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Lutescens rowan

Sorbus aria
Lutescens has received the RHS Award of Garden MeritLutescens is listed in the RHS Plants for Pollinators
  • Best seller
  • Fruit colour: Orange / Red
  • Awards: RHS AGM (current) 1993
An excellent garden tree, very hardy, easy to grow, and tolerant of a wide range of soils and conditions. Grey-green leaves turn russet in autumn, with orange berries.

Lutescens rowan for sale


All pot-grown trees are suitable for planting out in the garden, some are suitable for growing in containers.

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Lutescens is an excellent example of the Whitebeams, closely related to the Rowans but characterised by their more regularly shaped (non-pinnate) grey-green leaves.

The young branches also usually have white hairs, and the light undersides of the leaves add to the white effect.

Lutescens produces small white flowers in late spring followed by orange-red berries in autumn when the leaves also take on russet / gold hues. The berries are very popular with birds.

How to grow

Lutescens is tolerant of a wide range of soil conditions, and is a particularly good choice if you have chalk / alkaline soil.

Advice on fruit tree pollination.


Lutescens has been popular for more than a century, and is widely planted as a street tree.

The species Sorbus aria is native to large parts of southern England - particularly the chalk downs - as well as western and central Europe.

Lutescens characteristics


  • Gardening skillBeginner
  • Climate suitabilityTemperate climatesMild damp climates


  • Disease resistanceGood


  • Country of originUnited Kingdom
  • Period of origin1850 - 1899
  • Flowering monthMay
  • Blossom colourWhite
  • Fruit colourOrange / Red
  • AwardsRHS AGM (current)