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Genus: Sorbus

Life > eukaryotes > Archaeoplastida > Chloroplastida > Charophyta > Streptophytina > Plantae (land plants) > Tracheophyta (vascular plants) > Euphyllophyta > Lignophyta (woody plants) > Spermatophyta (seed plants) > Angiospermae (flowering plants) > Eudicotyledons > Core Eudicots > Rosids > Eurosid I > Order: Rosales > Family: Rosaceae

About 100 to 200 species, native to the Northern Hemisphere. Six species are cultivated in southern Africa.

Species cultivated in southern Africa

List from Glen (2002).

Sorbus alnifolia (Japanese mountain ash)

Native to eastern Asia.


Sorbus americana (American mountain ash, Roundwood)

Native to central and eastern USA.


Sorbus aria (Whitebeam tree)

Native to Europe.


Sorbus aucuparia (Rowan)

Native to Europe and northwestern Africa.


Sorbus commixta (Columnar mountain ash, Snowberry)

Native to Japan and Korea.


Sorbus hupehensis

Native to China.




  • Glen, H.F. 2002. Cultivated Plants of Southern Africa. Jacana, Johannesburg.


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