Sorbus aucuparia Fingerprint
- Height 10 years: 3m-5m / 10ft-16ft
- Growth habit: Columnar / Fastigiate
- Leaf colour - autumn: Orange / Red
- Fruit colour: Red
'Fingerprint' is an upright form of the well-known Mountain Ash or Rowan. It gets its name from of its columnar appearance - rather like a long thin finger.
It produces regular side shoots the length of the stem and at right angles to the stem, but these tend to remain quite short, so the overall appearance is of green-leaved column.
Like the Common Rowan, it produces clusters of red berries in the autumn, and the leaves take on orange tints at this time.
Overall this is one of the best fastigiate (columnar) forms of Sorbus aucuparia.
'Fingerprint' was developed in Belgium in the 1990s.
Fingerprint trees for sale
2-year Fingerprint tree - in a 12L pot
How to grow
Most forms of Sorbus aucuparia are reliable, but Fingerprint is particularly disease-resistant.
The striking columnar appearance can be further enhanced as the tree matures by clearing the lower stem of branches.
- Attractive features:
Attractive fruit Attractive tree / plant
- Height 10 years:
3m-5m / 10ft-16ft
- Growth habit:
Columnar / Fastigiate
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- Site conditions:
Coastal site Occasional flooding Windy site
- Useful for:
Open spaces Street / amenity
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- Gardening skill:
Suitable for beginners
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- Leaf colour - autumn:
Orange / Red
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Attractive to birds
Sorbus aucupariaAutumn Spire
Autumn Spire (Flanrock) is a columnar rowan with yellow fruitlets and excellent autumn colour.
Sorbus aucupariaCommon 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.
Sorbus aucupariaGlendoick Spire
A small compact rowan with an upright form, notable for its bright pink fruitlets and feathered 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.