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Absolutebeginner
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 29, 2012 11:51 am    Post subject: Mountain ash & whitebeam Reply with quote

Hi there,

I planted two small "woodlands" (5-8 trees) of mountain ash and whitebeam (sorbus aria) in my garden about 3 years ago. I am disappointed to see that, while the plants are growing OK, neither set of trees is producing flowers or fruit. I was hoping to see bountiful fruit on the mountain ash in the autumn. Does anyone know why this might be? The only plant producing berries is a single sorbus intermedia which I also planted at the same time.

I suspect the ground may be a little wet for these trees (soil is a bit boggy). I have also read that mountain ash is inclined not to fruit in over-fertile soil. Any ideas would be appreciated.

AB
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 29, 2012 5:55 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

What varieties did you plant, Sheerwater seedling and joe rock are good for berries, very wet conditions are not great as they like well drained but moisture retentive soil in summer and slightly acidic to neutral soil conditions.
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 01, 2012 10:41 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi Greengage,

Thanks for your reply. I planted native mountain ash (sorbus acuparia) and sorbus aria (not native I believe but close to native whitebeam). Indeed while the soil is acidic it is a bit wet (and underlain by clay clayer). Plants are growing well however.

I could plant the specimen varieties suggested but they are a good deal more expensive & I was trying to create a "small" native woodland.
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