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Joseph Rock rowan

  • Best seller
  • Fruit colour: Yellow
  • Awards: RHS AGM (former) 1993
  • Awards: RHS 1st class 1962
A small rowan, with distinctive pale yellow fruitlets. Also one of the best for autumn colour.

Joseph Rock rowan for sale


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

  • PG12-year 12L pot-grown tree £71.50
    Large tree (3m-5m after 10 years)

You can pre-order now, deliveries start in September.

Delivery charges

Delivery for a single tree starts at £9.95. It is calculated when you add trees to your basket, based on your postcode.

'Joseph Rock' is an excellent choice if you are loooking for a rowan tree to fit in a smaller space. It is widely considered one of the best of the small rowans, with an elegant appearance, reaching perhaps 4m after 10 years.

Clusters of white flowers appear in late May, followed by dense fruitlets which turn from white to golden yellow as autumn progresses.

It is one of the best rowans for autumn colour, with the leaves often attaining a flame red colour - contrasting attractively with the bright fruitlets.

How to grow

'Joseph Rock' is easy to grow and is one of the best trees for a small garden. It is susceptible to fireblight - but this is not usually an issue in the UK climate.

Advice on fruit tree pollination.


'Joseph Rock' is named after Dr Joseph Rock of the Royal Botanic Garden in Edinburgh, and is thought to have come from seeds collected on an expedition to China in the 1930s. The original tree still stands in the gardens of RHS Wisley.

Joseph Rock characteristics


  • Gardening skillBeginner
  • Climate suitabilityTemperate climatesMild damp climates


  • Disease resistanceAverage


  • Country of originChina
  • Period of origin1900 - 1949
  • Flowering monthMayJune
  • Blossom colourWhite
  • Fruit colourYellow
  • AwardsRHS 1st classRHS AGM (former)