Sorbus vilmorinii

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Sorbus vilmorinii C.K.Schneid.

Rosaceae

Life form: shrub
Usage: ornamental plant

Exposure: sun - Exposure: half shade   6

Moisture: moderately moist bis Moisture: moist

Soil: sandy loam - Soil: gritty loam

Arrangement: alternate
Leaves: decidious

Shape: elliptic

Division: imparipinnate

Shape: five-stellate
Fruit: pome

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Inflorescence: cymose corymb

Petals: not specified
Habit: not specified

Canopy: rounded to broadly spreading

Taxonomy

Divisio:
Magnoliophyta
Subdivisio:
Magnoliophytina
Classis:
Rosopsida
Subclassis:
Rosidae
Superordo:
Rosanae
Ordo:
Rosales
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Sorbus vilmorinii, commonly known as Vilmorin Mountain ash, is a shrub.

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Naming

Sorbus vilmorinii was described by Camillo Karl Schneider. The name is considered as validly published.

Taxonomy

Sorbus vilmorinii is a species in the genus Sorbus which contains approximately 99 to 207 species and belongs to the family of the Rosaceae (Rose Family).

Characteristics

Sorbus vilmorinii - leaves
Sorbus vilmorinii - fruits

Growth

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.

Leaves

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.

Root System

The plants form shallow roots.

Distribution

Sorbus vilmorinii is native to West China.

Cultivation

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 -23°C (USDA zone 6).

Classification after Prof. Dr. Sieber

  • open areas

Uses

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

Cultivars

Pests and Diseases

Literature

  • Walter Erhardt, Erich Götz, Nils Bödeker, Siegmund Seybold: Der große Zander. Eugen Ulmer KG, Stuttgart 2008, ISBN 978-3-8001-5406-7. (Ger.)
  • Christoper Brickell (Editor-in-chief): RHS A-Z Encyclopedia of Garden Plants. Third edition. Dorling Kindersley, London 2003, ISBN 0-7513-3738-2.

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