10 responses to “Sorbus setschwanensis”

  1. R Parker

    Lovely and the color change is very instructive. I am unable to view the photo (link in paragraph 2, penultimate sentence) that shows the comparison to the fern. (Need to sign in! Not authorized!) IF possible, could you please correct that? Thanks.

    1. Dominic Janus

      My mistake, I corrected it! Sorry about that.

  2. Ginny

    Probably I’m the only one who never heard the term before, but just in case: “imparipinnate” means odd-pinnate, or “pinnate with an odd terminal leaflet.” Not only that but I didn’t know there were white-fruited Sorbus. Thanks for this enlightening post!

  3. Gabrielle

    beautiful pictures and I hope someday I can come see all the eighty(!) Sorbus at the Garden!
    Does anyone know why the species name is spelled with all those Germanic consonants in stead of “sichuanensis”?

    1. Pat Collins

      The plant was first botanically described as a variety of Sorbus vilmorini by the botanist Camillo Karl Schneider in German and Latin, though he seems to have left out the z in Szetschwan. Here is the original description:


      1. Gabrielle

        Thank you Pat, for both the explanation/clarification and for the link to the Biodiversity Heritage Library. What a great resource!

  4. Todd Christensen

    Wow — fantastic! This is why the plant world can be so compelling, particularly from a phenological point of view!

  5. Dana D

    Are any of the plants in this genus edible? The name Sorbus makes me think of sweetener…

  6. Jim F.

    I just saw this plant at the Washington Park (UW) Arboretum in Seattle. It was really lovely. Rather young plants, about fifteen years old that were maybe 8-10′ tall and 5′ wide. They were finely twiggy and spangled with a fair number of bright white, small berries. As you said, not large clusters, but the way they were distributed made it look a bit like it was decked out with white christmas lights. Really a nice sorbus, more graceful than most other species I saw that day.

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