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)
Pick fruit when red and ripe - before the birds!
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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!
How to propagate Rowan
You can propagate by softwood cuttings or budding in summer.
Special features of Rowan
Birds love the fruit.
Other uses of Rowan
Shade, ornamental, foliage, hedging, specimen. Spring/Autumn interest. Suitable for coastal conditions.
Plants for Early Autumn
A selection of colour for your garden that will last right up to the first frosts.