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Mountain Ash

Sorbus aucuparia

Also known as

Rowan, Rowan tree, Common mountain ash

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

Full Sun
Moderate care
Moderate watering
Frost Hardy


USDA zone


Minimum temperature

Expected size









  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

Pick fruit when red and ripe - before the birds!

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Mountain Ash 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 Mountain Ash

How to propagate Mountain Ash



You can propagate by softwood cuttings or budding in summer.


Special features of Mountain Ash

Attracts birds

Birds love the fruit.

Drought resistant

Hedge plant

Attractive fruits

Other uses of Mountain Ash

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


Fruitis edible.

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