Sorbus aucuparia Common Rowan

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  • Height 10 years: 3m-5m / 10ft-16ft
  • Growth habit: Upright
  • Leaf colour - autumn: Orange / Red
  • Fruit colour: Red

The Rowan or Mountain Ash is found throughout the UK, and is suitable for most situations. The leaves are highly feathered or "pinnate", with each leaf consisting of many pairs of indented lobes.

Cascades of small white flowers are produced in late spring.

The tree is at its best in the autumn, when the leaves take on red-orange tints, and abundant clusters of red berries provide extra colour.

Rowans are distantly related to crab-apples and the berries can be cooked in a similar way, to make Rowan jelly. The berries are also very attractive to birds.

Rowans grow easily from seed, and there are numerous cultivated varieties - usually chosen for their more varied leaf shapes or fruit colours. All forms of this species seem to be good hosts for mistletoe.

Common Rowan trees for sale

Order now for September delivery (pot-grown) or November (bare-root).

Item
Height in 10 years
Price inc. VAT
Quantity
2-year Common Rowan tree - in a 12L pot
2.5m-4m
£49.95

You can pre-order items now for delivery when the new season starts in September,
you won't be asked to pay until nearer the time.

Prices include VAT if applicable.


What will it look like?

Illustrative example of a pot-grown tree of this variety as supplied. Trees should reach their mature height after about 10 or more years.

Sorbus Aucuparia


Leaves may not be present during winter, and we may prune some shoots to fit the delivery carton. Size may vary during the season and between batches. The container (if supplied) is only used for transporting the tree, which should then be planted out in the garden or in a much larger patio planter (not all species are suitable for patio planting).

Common Rowan characteristics

Growing

  • Height 10 years: 3m-5m / 10ft-16ft
  • Growth habit: Upright
  • Growth rate: Average
  • Vigour: Average vigour
  • Site conditions: Coastal site Occasional flooding Windy site
  • Useful for: Open spaces Street / amenity
  • Disease resistance: Good
  • Gardening skill: Suitable for beginners

Identification

  • Flowering month: May June
  • Flower colour: White
  • Leaf colour: Green
  • Leaf colour - young: Green
  • Leaf colour - autumn: Orange / Red
  • Fruit colour: Red
  • Annual cycle: Deciduous

Using

  • Wildlife: Attractive to birds

Similar varieties

  • Sorbus aucuparia
    Asplenifolia
    The Cut-leaf Rowan, an excellent form of the native Mountain Ash, orange-red berries, and highly feathered leaves.
  • Sorbus aucuparia
    Croft Coral
    Croft Coral is a small rowan tree but the fruits are an orange coral colour rather than the usual red,
  • Sorbus aucuparia
    Ember Glow
    This rowan has bluish-green leaves which turn orange-red in the autumn.The fruitlets are red, and persist well into winter.
  • Sorbus aucuparia
    Glendoick Spire
    A small compact rowan with an upright form, notable for its bright pink fruitlets and feathered leaves.
  • Sorbus
    Glendoick White Baby
    A hardy, tough but delicate looking tree combining large white almost transluscent berries and fine narrow pinnate leaves.