Sorbus

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  1. Jack Sparrow

    Jack Sparrow Total Gardener

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    In January I bought a bare rooted Sorbus.
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    Today it looks like this.
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    I have noticed that all the other similar trees in the surrounding area are covered with berries. Should mine have berries? If not then should I have berries in later years.

    I'm not sure how tall or wide the mature tree will be. Should I trim the top to encourage sideways growth ?

    G.

    Will the tree be strong enough to take the cane out?
     
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      If it didn’t have flowers in spring it won’t have berries.
      Besides it’s all about the growth right now.
      Depends on what you want.....a tall slender tree or a bushy one!
       
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        That's what I thought. Perhaps I'll give it another year to see how it fills out.

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          There are lots of different varieties of Sorbus - do you know which yours is? There's at least one designed to be tall and slender, which I have here: Sorbus aucuparia 'Autumn Spire' Tree

          Mine's a young 'un too, bought as a container specimen and planted back in the spring. Like yours it has no berries yet. Just the one leading stem, which makes me think yours is more likely to be a bushier variety.
           
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            @Clare G

            [QUOTE="Jack Sparrow, post: 1188335, member: 20467] Online I have found a nursery selling bare root Sorbus Aucuparia from £7 up to £15 with free p&p[/QUOTE]

            This was my original post from back in January. I cant remember the name of the supplier so I'm afraid that's all I have to go on.

            The plant is perfectly healthy so I guess, as with all things, I just have to wait to see what happened next year.

            G.
             
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              I remember Gary :)
               
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                Yes indeed it looks a nice healthy tree @Jack Sparrow, hope you get some flowers next spring! They are popular as street trees round here: very pretty, birds like the berries, and they don't grow too large. All reasons why I got one, too.
                 
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                  @Jack Sparrow
                  The Sorbus below I've grown from seed The taller one is 12 to 15 years old showing no sign of filling out. It took about 6-7 years to produce flowers and berries. It is on relatively shallow soil and can get very dry.
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                  This Sorbus was also grown from seed and is now 8 to 10 years old and again took over 5 years to flower and fruit. It's in slightly better soil and doesnt get as dry as the other. It has filled more and is about 8ft high.
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                  The berries on both will be gone relatively soon, blackbirds love them and it is quite amusing to see a blackbird doing a humming bird impression to snatch a berry in midair from the spindly bunches.
                   
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                    The tree will only strengthen when the cane is removed. You can tie is with a stake at about 2ft instead to allow the tree to sway and encourage it to thicken out.
                     
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                      Hi @Steve Canham . The tree is as thick as the cane. I'm more than happy to take the cane away. I have a Salix flamingo that is roughly the same size and looks after itself quite nicely.

                      The wind here is a problem. That's one of the reasons I've tucked the sorbus in behind the bin store. Hopefully that should be enough to give it some shelter.

                      G.
                       
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