Sorbus vilmorinii C.K.Schneid.
Sorbus vilmorinii, commonly known as Vilmorin Mountain ash, is a shrub.
Sorbus vilmorinii was described by Camillo Karl Schneider. The name is considered as validly published.
The shrubs are comparatively slow-growing and reach heights of 4 to 6 metres. The plants reach a width of 4 to 6 metres.
Wood and Bark
The bark is silver-grey to green.
Sorbus vilmorinii is deciduous. The bluish green, imparipinnate leaves are alternate. The elliptic leaflets are serrulate and petiolate.
Flowers and Fruits
Sorbus vilmorinii produces cymose corymbs of white five-stellate flowers from June to July. The plants flower on older shoots.
The shrubs produce ornamental purple pomes in autumn. The surface of the fruits is prickly.
The plants form shallow roots.
Sorbus vilmorinii is native to West China.
The shrubs prefer a sunny to half-shady situation on fresh to moist soil. The substrate should be sandy-loamy or gritty-loamy soil with a pH between 4 and 6. They tolerate temperatures down to -23Â°C (USDA zone 6).
Classification after Prof. Dr. Sieber
- open areas
Suited for moorland gardens and for rooftop gardens, as well as suited as cemetery plant, avenue tree, container plant, bee pasture, bird pasture and as plant providing shelter for birds.
Maintenance and Propagation
Pests and Diseases
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