Sorbus aucuparia Autumn Spire®

  • Height 10 years: 3m-5m / 10ft-16ft
  • Growth habit: Columnar / Fastigiate
  • Leaf colour - autumn: Orange / Gold
  • Fruit colour: Yellow

Autumn Spire has the characteristic feathered leaves of the native Rowan, but grows with a far more columnar habit.

In autumn the leaves turn from blue-green and take on intense red-bronze tints - one of the most coloured of all the Rowans.

The fruitlets are not the usual Rowan-red - they are a bright yellow, contrasting nicely with the autumnal foliage. They can still be used for making Rowan jelly.

If you are looking for a small upright / columnar Rowan tree with spectacular fiery autumn colours, this is the one to choose.

Autumn Spire is sometimes known as Flanrock, after its seed parent, 'Joseph Rock' - which also has particularly good autumn colours.

Autumn Spire trees for sale

Height in 10 years
Price inc. VAT
1-year Autumn Spire tree - bare root
2.5m-4m tall after 10 years
2-year Autumn Spire tree - in a 12L pot
2.5m-4m tall after 10 years

How to grow

Autumn Spire is more columnar and somewhat smaller than other Rowans, so a good choice if you have a smaller space.

Autumn Spire characteristics


  • Attractive features: Attractive foliage Autumn foliage colour
  • Height 10 years: 3m-5m / 10ft-16ft
  • Growth habit: Columnar / Fastigiate
  • Growth rate: Average
  • Vigour: Slightly small
  • Site conditions: Coastal site Occasional flooding Windy site
  • Useful for: Open spaces Small spaces Street / amenity
  • Pruning: Light prune
  • Disease resistance: Good
  • Gardening skill: Suitable for beginners


  • Country of origin: Ireland
  • Flowering month: May June
  • Flower colour: White
  • Leaf colour: Green
  • Leaf colour - autumn: Orange / Gold
  • Fruit colour: Yellow
  • Annual cycle: Deciduous


  • Fruit persistence: Persistent
  • Wildlife: Attractive to birds

Similar varieties

  • See also Fastigiata Joes
    Betula pendula
    Fastigiata Joes
  • Sorbus aucuparia
    An excellent columnar rowan.
  • See also Glendoick Spire
    Sorbus aucuparia
    Glendoick Spire
    Glendoick Spire is another popular columnar rowan.
  • See also Joseph Rock
    Joseph Rock
    Joseph Rock is a parent of Autumn Spire, but has an upright rather than columnar form.

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.

QR code for Rowan - Autumn Spire for sale