Sorbus prattii Koehne

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Article from Bean's Trees and Shrubs Hardy in the British Isles

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'Sorbus prattii' from the website Trees and Shrubs Online ( Accessed 2024-07-20.



  • S. pogonopetala Koehne
  • S. munda Koehne
  • S. munda f. tatsienensis and f. subarachnoidea Koehne
  • S. pratti var. tatsienensis (Koehne) Schneid.
  • S. prattii f. subarachnoidea (Koehne) Rehd.


Flower-bearing part of a plant; arrangement of flowers on the floral axis.
(pl. apices) Tip. apical At the apex.
With a short sharp point.
(pl. calyces) Outer whorl of the perianth. Composed of several sepals.
Lacking hairs smooth. glabrescent Becoming hairless.
Grey-blue often from superficial layer of wax (bloom).
globularSpherical or globe-shaped.
Loose or open.
midveinCentral and principal vein in a leaf.
With a peduncle.
Leaf stalk.
Central axis of an inflorescence cone or pinnate leaf.
Enlarged end of a flower stalk that bears floral parts; (in some Podocarpaceae) fleshy structure bearing a seed formed by fusion of lowermost seed scales and peduncle.
Dense layer of soft hairs. tomentose With tomentum.


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Article from Bean's Trees and Shrubs Hardy in the British Isles

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'Sorbus prattii' from the website Trees and Shrubs Online ( Accessed 2024-07-20.

A tree up to 20 ft high; winter-buds 14 to 38 in. long, they and the young shoots clad with long rusty hairs. Leaves 334 to 512 in. long, including petiole, with ten to fourteen pairs of leaflets; rachis grooved, slightly winged towards the apex of the leaf, covered beneath with a loose tomentum of pale brown, cottony hairs. Leaflets mostly 58 to 34 in. long, 14 to 516 in. wide, the lateral leaflets rounded to subacute at the apex, rounded at the base, medium green above, underside rather glaucous, cobwebby on the blade and with a tomentose midrib, later nearly glabrous, margins rather deeply toothed. Inflorescence long-pedunculate, lax, sparsely hairy to almost glabrous. Flowers white, about 38 in. wide; receptacle campanulate, the calyx-lobes broadly deltoid, short, rather thick, with an apiculate apex. Petals obovate to orbicular, slightly hairy inside at the base. Styles five. Fruits globose, about 38 in. wide, green when immature, becoming pearly white. Bot. Mag., t. 9460.

Native of W. Szechwan and E. Kansu, perhaps also of N.W. Yunnan. It varies slightly in the size and number of its leaflets and the degree of their hairiness, but the varieties and independent species made out of these variations are not marked enough to merit recognition. S. prattii was introduced by Wilson in 1910 during his second expedition for the Arnold Arboretum (W. 4323). F.R.S. Balfour of Dawyck, who organised the British contribution to the financing of this expedition, gave most of his share of the seeds to Harry White of the Sunningdale Nurseries, and plants were also distributed by Vicary Gibbs of Aldenham, where S. prattii fruited in 1922. The description above is based on material from a plant at Dawyck, figured in the Botanical Magazine.

S. prattii makes an attractive small tree or large shrub, differing most obviously from S. vilmorinii in its pure white fruits, which do not go through a pink phase. The flowers open in May and the fruits are usually white by September. The cultivar-name ‘Aeolus’ has been given to a plant at Kew, which received an Award of Merit for its fruits in 1971. It does not differ significantly from the plant described above.