Sorbus filipes, Hugh McAllister, 2004 PDF

Though named in 1933 by Handel-Mazzetti and collected numerous times by George Forrest, Sorbus filipes does not seem to have been introduced to cultivation until recently (1985), since when several expeditions and individual collectors have brought back seed or scions. Forrest's herbarium specimens suggest a delicate, very striking and attractive species with large crimson flowers and minute, deeply toothed leaflets. In the living state it is perhaps not quite so appealing as the flowers are rather sparse and short-lived and tend to hang down and be hidden among the leaves. However, the small, glossy leaflets, crimson-pink flowers and large white fruit make this an attractive shrub or small tree for gardens in suitable climates. The fruits seem to be relatively unattractive to birds and so remain on the shrubs for at least several weeks after the leaves have fallen.

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