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Rowan (Sorbus aucuparia)

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Rowan (Sorbus aucuparia)

The Rowan tree, or Mountain Ash, Sorbus aucuparia, prefers cool conditions and thrives in most well drained soils. It's found naturally in higher altitudes in the north and west of the UK and often on its own, which might explain why it's in decline in the wild.

It has all year round interest; like Crab Apples, also hardy trees, they have pretty blossom (in their case in June) and large bunches of red berries, which are eaten by birds like Chaffinches and small mammals. Like crabs they too can be used for a jelly to go with roast meat. Try this Rowan and Rosemary jelly recipe. Rowan foliage turns nicely in the autumn too.

Rowans often used to be planted close to houses to protect them against witches and now as small, pollution tolerant and striking trees they are often planted along streets, although they will do equally well half way up a mountain. Its Celtic name translates as the "wizard's tree", and it was widely used to make divining rods.

Like all the native trees we sell, our Rowans are grown in the UK from UK origin seed.

Suppliers: Perrie Hale Forest Nursery, RV Roger, British Hardwood Trees.

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Please note that standard sizes relate to tree girths in cm. See our planting and size guide for details and tips on planting. Our Rowan trees are bare root, and are consequently available for delivery from November until March. During the lifting season there may be up to two week?s delay between placing the order and dispatching, due to weather conditions or pressure of orders, which are dealt with in date sequence. Orders for Mountain Ash trees placed between March and September are confirmed in October ready for dispatch from November.


  • Ultimate Height


  • Ultimate Spread


  • Time to Ultimate Height

    Over 20 years


  • Type

    Sand, loam

  • pH

    Acid, neutral


  • Position

    Sheltered or exposed

  • Sunlight

    Full or partial sun