Sorbus aucuparia Common Rowan

Common Rowan berries and leaves
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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

Height in 10 years
Price inc. VAT
1-year Common Rowan tree - bare root
2.5m-3.5m tall after 10 years
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2-year Common Rowan tree - in a 12L pot
2.5m-3.5m tall after 10 years
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What will it look like?

Illustrative example of a pot-grown tree of this variety as supplied. (Approx. girth: 6/8). Trees should reach their mature height after about 10 or more years.

Sorbus Aucuparia

We may also have 1-year bare-root trees of this variety - they are not shown here.

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


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


  • 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


  • Wildlife: Attractive to birds

Similar varieties

  • See also Asplenifolia
    Sorbus aucuparia
    The Cut-leaf Rowan, an excellent form of the native Mountain Ash, orange-red berries, and highly feathered leaves.
  • See also Croft Coral
    Sorbus aucuparia
    Croft Coral
    Croft Coral is a small rowan tree but the fruits are an orange coral colour rather than the usual red,
  • See also Ember Glow
    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
    A particularly upright form of the Mountain Ash, and one of the most disease-resistant.
  • See also Glendoick Spire
    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
    Glendoick White Baby is a superb tree for autumn colour, with large bright white berries and bright red leaves.

How to choose a Rowan or Whitebeam tree

We have a very wide range of Sorbus (rowan and whitebeam) trees. Choosing can be difficult! Our article explaining the different berry and leaf colours might help narrow down the selection.