Sorbus aucuparia

Sorbus aucuparia

Rowan

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Key Information

  • Botanical name: Sorbus aucuparia
  • Common name: Rowan
  • Plant type: Tree
  • Evergreen/Deciduous: Deciduous

Height: 15m

Spread: 7m

Flower colour:
  • White
Foliage colour:
  • Green
  • Features: Attractive to wildlife, Autumn colour, Flowers, Fruit

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The mountain ash or rowan, Sorbus aucuparia, is a native European tree, especially in high altitudes where its robust hardiness ensures its survival. Once credited with magical powers and often planted near dwellings as an insurance against misfortune, it's now widely planted in gardens, both as the species and in its many varieties. 

Sorbus aucuparia tolerates a wide range of soils and sites, regularly producing huge crops of bright red berries in dense pendent bunches, which attract birds of all kinds. It succeeds particularly well in town gardens, and also when planted closely as a screen or informal large hedge.

Position

  • Sun exposure: Full sun, Dappled shade
  • Aspect: East facing, South facing, West facing
  • Position in border: Back
  • Hardiness: Hardy
  • Maintenance: Prefers rich soil
  • Soil type: Well drained/light/sandy, Clay/heavy/moist, Acidic

Wildlife

Attracts:
  • Bees

  • Beneficial insects

  • Birds

  • Butterflies / Moths

  • Other pollinators

  • Wildlife features: Nectar/pollen rich flowers, Provides shelter/habitat, Seeds for birds, Caterpillar food plant

Care routine

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Toxicity

Toxic to:
  • People

  • Cats

  • Dogs

  • Birds

  • Horses

  • Livestock

  • Effects: No toxic effects reported for this plant.

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