The trees at Keele

We have over 150 species of tree on campus, not counting the 240 species and varieties of Flowering Cherry! Amongst them are many of our common native species as well as some more unusual ones. So, if you can't tell a Beech from a Birch or just want to know a bit more about them then read on!

Sorbus hupehensis Hupeh's Rowan

Sorbus hupehensis

A species of Rowan native to central and western China. It is a small deciduous tree growing to 5–10 m tall, with grey-brown to purplish-brown bark. The pinnate leaves are 10–15 cm long, with 7-17 narrow oval leaflets and serrated margins. They change to orange or red in autumn. The flowers are white with five petals 5–7 mm diameter and are produced in corymbs 6–10 cm diameter in late spring to early summer. The fruit is 5–8 mm diameter, bright pink.


Location : one by side of Lake 1; tag 7558; compartment 21B, Square O11.