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Rowan trees

Rowan or Mountain Ash trees are hardy attractive trees, easy to grow in most situations.

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    Amber Light

    Sorbus
    Amber Light rowan
    A typical Mountain Ash or Rowan, with particularly persistent red berries.
    • Fruit colour: Orange
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    Asplenifolia

    Sorbus aucuparia
    Asplenifolia rowan
    The Cut-leaf Rowan, an excellent form of the native Mountain Ash, orange-red berries, and highly feathered leaves.
    • Fruit colour: Orange / Red
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    Autumn Spire®

    Sorbus aucuparia
    Autumn Spire (Flanrock) is a columnar rowan with yellow fruitlets and excellent autumn colour.
    • Fruit colour: Yellow
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    Chinese Lace

    Sorbus
    Chinese Lace rowan
    A neat attractive Rowan with bright green leaves and dusky pink berries.
    • Fruit colour: Red
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    Common Rowan

    Sorbus aucuparia
    Common Rowan rowan
    The Rowan or Mountain Ash, native to most parts of the UK. The leaves turn golden red in autumn, accompanied by clusters of red berries. One of the largest species of Sorbus.
    • Fruit colour: Red
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    Copper Kettle

    Sorbus
    Copper Kettle rowan
    Named for its attractive light copper-coloured fruitlets, Copper Kettle is easy to grow and takes up little space.
    • Fruit colour: Yellow
    • Fruit colour: Yellow / Orange
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    Croft Coral

    Sorbus aucuparia
    Croft Coral rowan
    Croft Coral is a small rowan tree but the fruits are an orange coral colour rather than the usual red,
    • Fruit colour: Orange
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    Eastern Promise

    Sorbus
    Eastern Promise rowan
    Features feathered leaves, and pink-red fruitlets.
    • Fruit colour: Pink
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    Ember Glow

    Sorbus aucuparia
    Ember Glow rowan
    This rowan has bluish-green leaves which turn orange-red in the autumn.The fruitlets are red, and persist well into winter.
    • Fruit colour: Pink
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    Emiel

    Sorbus folgneri
    Emiel rowan
    Emiel has long leaves, with silvery-green undersides, turning orange in autumn.
    • Fruit colour: Red
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    Fingerprint®

    Sorbus aucuparia
    A particularly upright form of the Mountain Ash, and one of the most disease-resistant.
    • Fruit colour: Red
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    Gibbsii

    Sorbus hybrida
    Gibbsii rowan
    Gibbsii grows with a neat spreading columnar form, sprinkled with clusters of bright red fruits in the autumn.
    • Fruit colour: Red
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    Glendoick SpireTM

    Sorbus aucuparia
    Glendoick Spire rowan
    A small compact rowan with an upright form, notable for its bright pink fruitlets and feathered leaves.
    • Fruit colour: Pink
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    Glendoick White Baby®

    Sorbus
    Glendoick White Baby is a superb tree for autumn colour, with large bright white berries and bright red leaves.
    • Fruit colour: White
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    John Bond

    Sorbus hemsleyi
    An unusual species of Sorbus, the leaves are particularly attractive for their white undersides.
    • Fruit colour: Brown
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    John Mitchell

    Sorbus x aria
    John Mitchell rowan
    John Mitchell is a popular whitebeam, notable for its large white-green leaves.
    • Fruit colour: Brown
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    Joseph Rock

    Sorbus
    Joseph Rock rowan
    A small rowan, with distinctive pale yellow fruitlets. Also one of the best for autumn colour.
    • Fruit colour: Yellow
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    Kashmir rowan

    Sorbus cashmiriana
    Kashmir rowan rowan
    An unusual rowan, with light pink blossom, and white fruitlets, which are larger than usual for rowans.
    • Fruit colour: White
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    Lemon Drop

    Sorbus folgneri
    Lemon Drop is a small whitebeam tree, with the characteristic white undersides to its leaves. As the name suggests, the fruitlets are bright yellow.
    • Fruit colour: Yellow
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    Leonard Messel

    Sorbus
    Leonard Messel rowan
    A good all-round small rowan tree, with good autumn colours and cascades of pink fruitlets.
    • Fruit colour: Pink
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    Lutescens

    Sorbus aria
    An excellent large garden tree, very hardy, easy to grow, and tolerant of a wide range of soils and conditions. Grey-green leaves turn russet in autumn, with orange berries.
    From £23.95 to £47.95buy
    • Fruit colour: Orange / Red
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    Matthew Ridley

    Sorbus
    An upright-growing Mountain Ash with dense white flowers and clusters of orange-red autumn berries.
    • Fruit colour: Yellow / Orange
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    Olympic Flame

    Sorbus ulleungensis
    Olympic Flame rowan
    An attractive small rowan tree, its orange/red autumn leaf-colours are amongst the best.
    • Fruit colour: Orange / Red
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    Pearls

    Sorbus bissetii
    A small spreading rowan tree, named for its clusters of pearl-white berries.
    • Fruit colour: White
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    Pink Charm

    Sorbus vilmorinii
    Pink Charm rowan
    A small rowan with a spreading habit, large feathered leaves, and bright pink berries.
    • Fruit colour: Pink
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    Pink Ness

    Sorbus
    Pink Ness rowan
    A very upright rowan tree, with pretty pink fruitlets.
    • Fruit colour: Pink
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    Pink Pagoda

    Sorbus hupehensis
    Pink Pagoda rowan
    Pink Pagoda features clusters of pale pink fruits in late summer, and good autumn foliage colours.
    • Fruit colour: Pink
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    Pink Pearl

    Sorbus
    Pink Pearl rowan
    A small upright rowan tree with clusters of pink-flecked white fruitlets.
    • Fruit colour: Pink
    • Fruit colour: White
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    Ravensbill

    Sorbus
    This rowan tree is named for the the black colour of its winter buds. It also features yellow autumn leaves and orange berries.
    • Fruit colour: Orange / Red
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    Red Bird

    Sorbus alnifolia
    Red Bird rowan
    Red Bird features bright white flowers, orange / red fruits and good autumn leaf colours. It has a wider climate range than other rowans.
    • Fruit colour: Orange / Red
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    Rose Queen

    Sorbus
    Rose Queen rowan
    An unusual small rowan tree, featuring clusters of dark-pink very persistent berries.
    • Fruit colour: Crimson
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    Rosiness

    Sorbus rosea
    Rosiness rowan
    A small rowan tree with white-pink flowers and cascades of pink berries.
    • Fruit colour: Pink
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    Sorbus hedlundii

    Sorbus hedlundii
    A little-known whitebeam species, it features the classic downy grey-green leaves, and russeted fruitlets in autumn.
    • Fruit colour: Brown
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    Sorbus helenae

    Sorbus helenae
    Sorbus helenae rowan
    A species of rowan featuring pink/white fruitlets and good autumn colours.
    • Fruit colour: White
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    Sorbus hupehensis

    Sorbus hupehensis
    Sorbus hupehensis rowan
    A classic rowan tree with pink berries and good autumn leaf colours.
    • Fruit colour: Pink
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    Sorbus japonica

    Sorbus japonica
    An upright rowan with large oval leaves and attractive autumn colours and large red fruitlets.
    • Fruit colour: Red
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    Sorbus pseudovilmorinii

    Sorbus pseudovilmorinii
    Sorbus pseudovilmorinii rowan
    Similar characteristics to Sorbus vilmorinii, not quite as vigorous, but heavier fruiting.
    • Fruit colour: Pink
    • Fruit colour: White
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    Sorbus sargentiana

    Sorbus sargentiana
    Sorbus sargentiana rowan
    A broad spreading rowan with bright orange fruitlets and autumn foliage.
    • Fruit colour: Orange / Red
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    Sorbus scalaris

    Sorbus scalaris
    Sorbus scalaris rowan
    One of the more spreading smaller Rowan species, with orange/red autumn leaf colours, and clusters of small orange fruilets.
    • Fruit colour: Orange / Red
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    Sorbus vilmorinii

    Sorbus vilmorinii
    Sorbus vilmorinii rowan
    The main feature of this Rowan trees is the pink fruitlets, which turn white as autumn progresses. It is one of the smaller Sorbus species, but also one of the more spreading.
    • Fruit colour: Pink
    • Fruit colour: White
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    Sorbus wardii

    Sorbus wardii
    Sorbus wardii rowan
    A little-known Whitebeam from the Himalayas, featuring large silver-green leaves and yellow-orange berries.
    • Fruit colour: Yellow / Orange
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    Sunshine

    Sorbus
    Sunshine rowan
    A small rowan tree with an upright form and golden yellow clusters of fruits, and strong autumn colours.
    • Fruit colour: Yellow / Orange
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    Wild Service Tree

    Sorbus torminalis
    A large traditional Rowan tree, native to England.
    • Fruit colour: Brown
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    Wisley Gold

    Sorbus
    Wisley Gold rowan
    A good-sized yellow-fruiting mountain ash, with a spreading form.
    • Fruit colour: Yellow
    • Fruit colour: Yellow / Orange


How to choose Rowan trees

The Rowans or Mountain Ash trees are a group of mostly small trees growing to about 7m, characterised by their heavily segmented or "pinnate" leaves, which often take on attractive autumn colours. They are also known as Mountain Ash trees, because the leaf has a passing resemblance to the common ash - although they are not related.

They are however distantly related to crab-apples and hawthorns, and most varieties bear clusters of fruitlets which hang on the tree into early winter. The fruits are usually red, but there are also yellow and pink varieties.

All forms of rowan are good sources of food for wildlife from late summer into the early winter.

Rowan trees are related to crab-apples and the berries of many species (especially Sorbus aucuparia) can also be cooked and made into rowan jelly, similar to crab-apple jelly.

Rowans are easy to grow, and most are tolerant of a wide range of conditions, including acidic soils, clay soils, wet soils, and exposed situations. Many will tolerate chalk, however they prefer well-drained neutral or acidic soils if possible.

Rowans flower very late - in May or June - and often set fruit by mid-summer. This makes them particularly well-adapted to northern climates with short damp summers and cold winters.

Rowans can be grown successfully in areas with long warm summers, provided you pay attention to watering (particularly with young trees) as they do not tolerate drought.

They can be planted in most locations, but for the best fruit and leaf colours plant in full sun.

They are invariably healthy trees, although (reflecting their relation with apples) they can be susceptible to fireblight - fortunately not a common disease in the UK. Scab and aphids can also sometimes be a problem.

The growth habit of most varieties is quite upright, making them good street trees.

Most of our Rowan trees are grafted on to Sorbus aucuparia rootstocks, to help give a consistent size and better tolerance to drought. Some are grafted on Sorbus intermedia which is more suitable for the Whitebeam varieties. Although they are usually just planted and allowed to grow naturally, young Sorbus trees can be cut back and shaped and pruned in a similar way to Malus and Prunus.

We also have advice on choosing a rowan tree for your garden based on berry colours and other characteristics.