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Rowan

Sorbus aucuparia

Also known as

Mountain Ash, Quickbeam, European Mountain Ash, Ranty, Rantry, Roan, Rowanberry, Dogberry, Rowan Tree

(Sorbus aucuparia L.) Vogelbeere in Sanok, 2014.7 by Silar (CC BY-SA 3.0)

Full Sun
Moderate care
Moderate watering
Frost Hardy

7a

USDA zone

-18°C

Minimum temperature

Expected size

Height
Spread

15m

Max

8m

8m

Min

5m

Fruiting

  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

Pick fruit when red and ripe - before the birds!

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A photo of Rowan
A photo of Rowan

Rowan Overview

Sorbus aucuparia is a deciduous tree species from the Rosaceae family. Originating from Europe, Asia and Northern Africa, it is often found at relatively high altitudes. Commonly known by the names Rowan, Mountain Ash and Roan. It produces pinnate foliage that turns yellow in the autumn and profusions of red berry fruits which are popular with birds. Small white, starry flowers are produced in flat clusters, leading onto red-orange berry fruits. This species is part of the Royal Horticultural Society “Plants for Pollinators” initiative to showcase plants which support pollinator populations by providing ample amounts of nectar and/ or pollen. A great choice for encouraging pollinating insect wildlife into your garden!

Common problems with Rowan

How to propagate Rowan

Seed

Budding

You can propagate by softwood cuttings or budding in summer.

Cuttings

Special features of Rowan

Attracts birds

Birds love the fruit.

Drought resistant

Hedge plant

Attractive fruits

Other uses of Rowan

Shade, ornamental, foliage, hedging, specimen. Spring/Autumn interest. Suitable for coastal conditions.

Edible

Fruitis edible.

Plants for Early Autumn

A selection of colour for your garden that will last right up to the first frosts.

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