• Overview
    Light Needs:
    Full sun
    Watering Needs:
    Needs regular watering - weekly, or more often in extreme heat.
    Average Landscape Size:
    Fast grower to 30 ft. tall and wide.
    Key Feature:
    Deer Resistant
    Late spring to summer
    Landscape Uses:
  • Detail
    Botanical Pronunciation:SOR-bus hew-pe-EN-sis
    Plant type:Tree
    Sunset climate zones:2 - 10, 14 - 17
    Growth habit:Rounded
    Growth rate:Fast
    Average landscape size:Fast grower to 30 ft. tall and wide.
    Foliage color:Green
    Blooms:Late spring to summer
    Flower color:White
    Garden styleRustic
    Design IdeasThe striking color of leaf, stem and fruit on this small tree makes it easy to mix with other plants since it will always call attention to itself. Also a fine specimen tree for the lawn.
    Companion PlantsGood border companions include the Royal Star Magnolia (Magnolia stellata 'Royal Star') with its white blooms. Oregon Grape Holly (Mahonia aquifolium) makes a good contrast of form, with its uprightstems, and adds blue berries to the scene. The red-purple fall foliage of Henry's Garnet Sweetspire (Itea virginica 'Henry's Garnet') makes it a showy planting in autumn.
  • Care
    Care Information
    Follow a regular watering schedule during the first growing season to establish a deep, extensive root system. Watering can be reduced after establishment. Feed with a general purpose fertilizer before new growth begins in spring.Pruning time: winter.
    Light Needs:
    Light needs: Full Sun
    Full sun
    Watering Needs:
    Water needs: Moderate
    Needs regular watering - weekly, or more often in extreme heat.
  • History & Lore
    This Asian species is native to western and central China and bears great resemblance to our own native mountain ash, S. acuparia. It was brought to the west by E.H. Wilson in 1910. It's improved fiery color earned an Award of Garden Merit from the Royal Horticultural Society.
    This plant is closely related to the European rowan, considered a most powerful tree to the ancient Celts. Berries are sometimes added to jams and jellies but are rarely used exclusively due to their exceedingly tart taste.