The native Sorbus aucuparia was the first species of this genus being cultivated at Peter the Great Botanical Garden (Saint-Petersburg, Russia) – uninterruptedly since 1736. There are 104 specimens in modern collection (trees and very seldom shrubs) which belong to 44 taxa. The largest specimens reach 20 m high (S. aucuparia) and 55 cm in trunk diameter (S. intermedia). The oldest trees (S. aucuparia, S. hybrida, S. intermedia, S. × latifolia, S. torminalis) are 75–85 years old. The majority of specimens have been grown from seeds, only few ones being grafted. The most part of species produce fruits and are grown from local seeds. The species from East Asia dominate, followed by species of European origin. The most prominent reserves of further introduction are in flora of China.Key words: Sorbus, rowan, arboriculture, biological peculiarities, Peter the Great Botanical Garden.