Sorbus aria ‘Magnifica’
Habit: Small tree, 6-12 m tall, 4-6 m wide, occasionally only a large shrub with several stems; crown slenderly conical or ovoid; branches stiffly upright, twigs diagonal or arching ascending, not overhanging; slow-growing, 15-30 cm a year, after 15 years growing even less.
Flowers: While leaves are shooting, white umbels, May to June; pungent smell.
Fruits: Round, orange-scarlet from September, persistent; tasteless.
Leaves: Elliptical, leathery, shoots white tomentose, later shiny dark green on top, grey-woolly underneath; pale yellow autumn colours, November.
Roots: Deep, tolerates covering.
Demands: Sun to semi-shade; tolerates heat, needs warmth, frost hardy; good for urban areas, wind resistant.
Soil: Dry to fresh; resistant to drought when established; slightly acidic to very alkaline; all well drained, chalky substrates.
Hardiness: Zone 5a