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SORBUS 'Apricot Lady'

Image of Sorbus 'Apricot Lady'

Jesse Saylor

Family

Rosaceae

Botanical Name

SORBUS 'Apricot Lady'

Plant Common Name

Hybrid Mountain Ash

General Description

Named for the color of its showy berry-like fruits, this hybrid of European mountain ash grows into a handsome small deciduous tree. Its lush ferny bright green leaves turn orange and red tones in fall. Musky-scented dull white flowers in late spring, clusters of apricot-yellow fruits in late summer and fall, and cherry-like gray-brown bark with conspicuous horizontal pores give it further multi-seasonal interest. The berries are favored by birds.

Grow ‘Apricot Lady' in almost any moist, well-drained, humus-rich soil. In cooler climes it tolerates full sun but where summers are hot, site this tree in partial shade. Use in groups or singly as an eye-catching specimen. European mountain ash and its hybrids often self sow, to the point of weediness in the Northwest United States and other areas.

Characteristics

  • AHS Heat Zone

    7 - 1

  • USDA Hardiness Zone

    3 - 7

  • Sunset Zone

    A1, A2, A3, 1a, 1b, 2a, 2b, 3a, 3b, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 14, 15, 16, 17

  • Plant Type

    Tree

  • Sun Exposure

    Full Sun, Partial Sun

  • Height

    20'-25' / 6.1m - 7.6m

  • Width

    15'-20' / 4.6m - 6.1m

  • Bloom Time

    Late Spring

  • Native To

    Hybrid Origin

Growing Conditions

  • Soil pH

    Acidic, Neutral

  • Soil Drainage

    Average

  • Soil type

    Clay, Loam, Sand

  • Growth Rate

    Medium

  • Water Requirements

    Average Water

  • Habit

    Oval/Rounded

  • Seasonal Interest

    Spring, Fall

Ornamental Features

  • Flower Interest

    Showy

  • Flower Color

    White

  • Fruit Color

    Yellow, Orange, Peach

  • Foliage Color (Spring)

    Green

  • Foliage Color (Summer)

    Green

  • Foliage Color (Fall)

    Orange, Burgundy

  • Bark Color

    Brown, Gray

  • Fragrant Flowers

    Yes

  • Fragrant Fruit

    No

  • Fragrant Foliage

    No

  • Bark or Stem Fragrant

    No

  • Flower Petal Number

    Single

  • Repeat Bloomer

    No

  • Showy Fruit

    Yes

  • Edible Fruit

    No

  • Showy Foliage

    No

  • Foliage Texture

    Fine

  • Foliage Sheen

    Matte

  • Evergreen

    No

  • Showy Bark

    No

Special Characteristics

  • Bark Texture

    Smooth

  • Usage

    Feature Plant, Mixed Border, Topiary / Bonsai / Espalier

  • Sharp or Has Thorns

    No

  • Invasive

    Sometimes

  • Attracts

    Birds

  • Self-Sowing

    Yes