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Sargent's Rowan

Sorbus sargentiana

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Plant Profile

Flowering Months:
Rosaceae (Rose)
Also in this family:
Acute Leaf-lobed Lady's-mantle, Alpine Cinquefoil, Alpine Lady's-mantle, Ampfield Cotoneaster, Arran Service Tree, Arran Whitebeam, Barren Strawberry, Bastard Agrimony, Bastard Service Tree, Bearberry Cotoneaster, Bird Cherry, Blackthorn, Bloody Whitebeam, Bramble, Bristol Whitebeam, Broad-leaved Whitebeam, Broadtooth Lady's-mantle, Bronze Pirri-pirri-bur, Bullace Plum, Bullate Cotoneaster, Burnet Rose, Catacol Whitebeam, Caucasian Lady's-mantle, Cheddar Whitebeam, Cherry Laurel, Cherry Plum, Chinese Photinia, Cloudberry, Clustered Lady's-mantle, Common Agrimony, Common Hawthorn, Common Lady's-mantle, Common Medlar, Common Ninebark, Common Whitebeam, Crab Apple, Creeping Chinese Bramble, Creeping Cinquefoil, Crimean Lady's-mantle, Cultivated Apple, Cultivated Pear, Cut-leaved Blackberry, Damson, Devon Whitebeam, Dewberry, Diel's Cotoneaster, Dog Rose, Doward Whitebeam, Dropwort, Elm-leaved Bramble, English Whitebeam, Entire-leaved Cotoneaster, False Salmonberry, Field Rose, Firethorn, Fodder Burnet, Fragrant Agrimony, Franchet's Cotoneaster, Garden Lady's-mantle, Garden Strawberry, Giant Meadowsweet, Glaucous Dog Rose, Goatsbeard Spiraea, Gough's Rock Whitebeam, Great Burnet, Greengage Plum, Grey-leaved Whitebeam, Hairless Lady's-mantle, Hairy Lady's-mantle, Hautbois Strawberry, Himalayan Blackberry, Himalayan Cotoneaster, Himalayan Whitebeam, Hoary Cinquefoil, Hollyberry Cotoneaster, Hupeh Rowan, Hybrid Cinquefoil, Hybrid Geum, Irish Whitebeam, Japanese Cherry, Japanese Quince, Japanese Rose, Jew's Mallow, Juneberry, Lancaster Whitebeam, Late Cotoneaster, Least Lady's-mantle, Least Whitebeam, Leigh Woods Whitebeam, Ley's Whitebeam, Liljefor's Whitebeam, Littleleaf Cotoneaster, Llangollen Whitebeam, Llanthony Whitebeam, Lleyn Cotoneaster, Loganberry, Many-flowered Rose, Margaret's Whitebeam, Marsh Cinquefoil, Meadowsweet, Midland Hawthorn, Mougeot's Whitebeam, Mountain Ash, Mountain Avens, Mountain Sibbaldia, Moupin's Cotoneaster, No Parking Whitebeam, Ocean Spray, Orange Whitebeam, Pale Bridewort, Pale Lady's-mantle, Parsley Piert, Pirri-pirri-bur, Plymouth Pear, Portuguese Laurel, Purple-flowered Raspberry, Quince, Raspberry, Rock Cinquefoil, Rock Lady's-mantle, Rock Whitebeam, Round-leaved Dog Rose, Round-leaved Whitebeam, Rum Cherry, Russian Cinquefoil, Salad Burnet, Scannell's Whitebeam, Service Tree, Sharp-toothed Whitebeam, Sherard's Downy Rose, Shining Lady's-mantle, Ship Rock Whitebeam, Short-styled Rose, Shrubby Cinquefoil, Silver Lady's-mantle, Silverweed, Slender Parsley Piert, Slender-spined Bramble, Small-flowered Sweetbriar, Small-leaved Sweetbriar, Soft Downy Rose, Somerset Whitebeam, Sorbaria, Sour Cherry, Southern Downy Rose, Southern Lady's-mantle, Spineless Acaena, Spring Cinquefoil, St. Lucie's Cherry, Steeplebush, Stern's Cotoneaster, Stirton's Whitebeam, Stone Bramble, Sulphur Cinquefoil, Swedish Service Tree, Swedish Whitebeam, Sweet Briar, Symond's Yat Whitebeam, Tengyueh Cotoneaster, Thimbleberry, Thin-leaved Whitebeam, Tibetan Cotoneaster, Tormentil, Trailing Tormentil, Tree Cotoneaster, Trefoil Cinquefoil, Twin-cliffs Whitebeam, Two-spined Acaena, Wall Cotoneaster, Water Avens, Waterer's Cotoneaster, Waxy Lady's-mantle, Welsh Cotoneaster, Welsh Whitebeam, White Burnet, White's Whitebeam, White-stemmed Bramble, Wild Cherry, Wild Pear, Wild Plum, Wild Service Tree, Wild Strawberry, Willmott's Whitebeam, Willow-leaved Bridewort, Willow-leaved Cotoneaster, Wineberry, Wood Avens, Wye Whitebeam, Yellow-flowered Strawberry
Deciduous tree
Life Cycle:
Maximum Size:
15 metres tall
Gardens, parks, woodland.

White, 5 petals
White clusters of flowers. Individual flowers are about 6mm in diameter.
An orange-red berry is the most frequent colour. The berries can sometimes be brown, yellow, white or pink.
Pinnate leaves, up to 35cm long. Sargent's Rowan has the largest leaves of all Rowans. The margins of the leaflets are serrated. Leaves turn orange or red in autumn.
Other Names:
Sargent's Serviceberry, Sargent's Whitebeam.
Frequency (UK):
Rarely seen  

Other Information


Sorbus sargentiana is a species of deciduous tree or shrub that is native to China and Taiwan. It is also known as Sargent's Rowan, Sargent's whitebeam, or Sargent's serviceberry. It can grow up to 15m tall and has a broad crown. It has white flowers that appear in spring and later produces clusters of red edible berries in autumn. The leaves are glossy green, elliptical and serrated. The bark is smooth and grayish-brown.

Sorbus sargentiana is hardy and adaptable to a wide range of soils, but prefers well-drained soils. It can tolerate sun or partial shade. It's a popular ornamental tree and the berries can be used for jams, jellies, pies, wine and liqueurs. It's also used as a street tree and as a specimen tree in large gardens. It's also valued for its fall foliage color.


Sargent's Rowan, or Sorbus sargentiana, is a beautiful and relatively rare tree species that is native to the high altitudes of China. This stunning tree is a member of the rose family and is commonly referred to as the Chinese mountain ash. It is named after Charles Sprague Sargent, an American botanist who first described the tree species in the late 1800s.

Sargent's Rowan is a deciduous tree that typically grows to be about 30-40 feet tall and 20-30 feet wide. It is known for its stunning display of white flowers that bloom in late spring, followed by clusters of bright red fruit that adorn the tree in the fall. The leaves are pinnately compound, with 11-19 leaflets that are dark green in color and turn shades of red and orange in the fall. The bark is grayish-brown and slightly fissured, adding to the tree's overall character and beauty.

One of the most notable features of Sargent's Rowan is its ability to thrive in harsh mountain climates. It is known to grow in elevations of up to 11,000 feet and can withstand extreme cold temperatures, making it a popular choice for high-altitude gardens and landscaping. It is also relatively disease-resistant, making it a low-maintenance option for homeowners.

Sargent's Rowan is a popular ornamental tree and is often used as a focal point in landscaping designs. It is also known to attract birds and other wildlife, thanks to its bright red fruit. Additionally, the wood of the tree is strong and durable, making it a popular choice for furniture and other woodwork projects.

While Sargent's Rowan is a relatively rare tree species, it is becoming increasingly popular in the horticultural world. Many nurseries and garden centers now carry the tree, making it more accessible to homeowners and landscapers. If you are looking for a beautiful and hardy tree species to add to your landscape, consider Sargent's Rowan. Its stunning display of flowers and fruit, combined with its resilience and low-maintenance needs, make it a standout choice.

Sargent's Rowan is a tree that can add both beauty and value to a landscape. The white flowers of the tree bloom in late spring and are quite fragrant, making it an attractive option for those who want to add a sweet fragrance to their garden. The flowers are followed by clusters of bright red fruit that can persist into the winter months, adding a splash of color to a landscape during an otherwise dreary season. The fruit is also edible, and can be used to make jams and jellies.

In addition to being a beautiful ornamental tree, Sargent's Rowan also has some medicinal properties. The fruit of the tree has been used in traditional Chinese medicine to treat a range of ailments, including diarrhea, stomach issues, and arthritis. The bark and leaves of the tree have also been used to treat various conditions.

Sargent's Rowan is a relatively low-maintenance tree species, which makes it a great option for homeowners who don't have a lot of time to devote to their landscaping. The tree is drought-tolerant and disease-resistant, and it does not require regular pruning. However, it is important to note that the tree may require some pruning to maintain its shape, and it is recommended that any pruning be done in the winter or early spring.

If you are considering adding Sargent's Rowan to your landscape, it is important to choose the right location for the tree. The tree prefers well-drained soil and full sun, and it may not thrive in areas with heavy clay soil or excessive moisture. Additionally, the tree should be planted in a location where it has room to grow to its full size without interfering with other plants or structures.

Sargent's Rowan is a relatively slow-growing tree, taking up to 10 years to reach its full size. However, its slow growth rate makes it a great option for small gardens or areas with limited space. The tree can also be pruned to maintain a smaller size, which makes it a great option for urban gardens or landscapes.

While Sargent's Rowan is generally a hardy tree, it is important to protect it from certain environmental factors. The tree is susceptible to damage from strong winds and heavy snow, so it is important to plant it in a protected location. In addition, the tree may be susceptible to certain pests, such as aphids and sawflies, which can damage the leaves and fruit. Regular monitoring and treatment can help prevent pest infestations.

Sargent's Rowan is a great option for those looking to attract birds to their garden or landscape. The tree's bright red fruit is a favorite food source for many birds, including cedar waxwings, robins, and grosbeaks. The tree's dense foliage also provides shelter and nesting sites for birds, making it an ideal choice for those who want to create a bird-friendly habitat.

In addition to its aesthetic and ecological benefits, Sargent's Rowan is also an important tree species for conservation efforts. The tree is considered endangered in its native China due to habitat loss and over-harvesting for its wood and fruit. Efforts are underway to protect and conserve the tree, and it is now being grown in botanical gardens and arboreta around the world to help preserve its genetic diversity.

If you are considering adding Sargent's Rowan to your landscape, it is important to purchase a tree from a reputable source. Look for a nursery or garden center that specializes in native or rare tree species, and be sure to ask about the tree's provenance and growing conditions. It is also important to plant the tree in a suitable location and to follow proper planting and care guidelines to ensure its long-term health and vitality.

In conclusion, Sargent's Rowan is a beautiful and important tree species that can add value and ecological benefits to any landscape. Its stunning flowers and fruit, combined with its hardiness and low-maintenance needs, make it a popular choice for homeowners and landscapers. Whether you are looking to attract birds to your garden, create a unique focal point, or contribute to conservation efforts, Sargent's Rowan is a great choice.