Sorbus cashmiriana

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Sorbus cashmiriana
'Sorbus cashmiriana' Beale Arboretum - West Lodge Park - Hadley Wood - Enfield London.jpg
Sorbus cashmiriana in October
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Eudicots
(unranked): Rosids
Order: Rosales
Family: Rosaceae
Genus: Sorbus
Subgenus: Sorbus
Species: S. cashmiriana
Binomial name
Sorbus cashmiriana
Hedl.

Sorbus cashmiriana (Kashmir rowan), is a species of flowering plant in the family Rosaceae, native to the western Himalayas, including Kashmir.

It is a small, usually short-lived deciduous tree growing to 6–8 m (20–26 ft), with a trunk up to 25 cm (10 in) in diameter. The bark is smooth grey or red-grey. The leaves are 15–23 cm (6–9 in) long, pinnate, with 15–21 leaflets, dark green on top and lighter green underneath, the petiole reddish, the leaflets 3–5.5 cm (1–2 in) long and 1.5–2 cm broad, with serrated margins. The flowers are 7–10 mm in diameter, with five very pale pink petals and pale yellowish stamens, produced in corymbs in the spring. Pollination is by insects. The fruit is a white to whitish-pink pome 12–15 mm in diameter, ripening in the autumn and often persisting long after the leaf fall into winter.[1][2][3]

Cultivation[edit]

It is a popular ornamental tree, grown for its clusters of white fruit.[1][2][3] It has gained the Royal Horticultural Society's Award of Garden Merit.[4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Rushforth, K. (1999). Trees of Britain and Europe. Collins ISBN 0-00-220013-9.
  2. ^ a b Mitchell, A. F. (1974). A Field Guide to the Trees of Britain and Northern Europe. Collins ISBN 0-00-212035-6
  3. ^ a b Mitchell, A. F. (1982). The Trees of Britain and Northern Europe. Collins ISBN 0-00-219037-0
  4. ^ "RHS Plant Selector - Sorbus cashmiriana". Retrieved 4 June 2013.