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

Height in 10 years
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2-year Fingerprint tree - in a 12L pot
3m-5m tall after 10 years
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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.

Fingerprint characteristics


  • Attractive features: Attractive fruit Attractive tree / plant
  • Height 10 years: 3m-5m / 10ft-16ft
  • Growth habit: Columnar / Fastigiate
  • 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


  • Country of origin: Belgium
  • 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


  • Fruit persistence: Persistent
  • Wildlife: Attractive to birds

Similar varieties

  • Sorbus aucuparia
    Autumn Spire
    Autumn Spire (Flanrock) is a columnar rowan with yellow fruitlets and excellent autumn colour.
  • See also Common Rowan
    Sorbus aucuparia
    Common 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.
  • 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.

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.