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Sorbus aucuparia

Mountain ash

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Key information

Plant type

Native tree

Flower colour

White

Feature

Autumn colour, Flowers, Fruit, Attractive to wildlife

Hardiness

Hardy

Skill level

Beginner

Sorbus aucuparia

Plant details

The mountain ash or rowan 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 is widely planted in gardens, both as the species and in its many varieties. The trees tolerate 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.

Family: Rosaceae

Genus: Sorbus

Species: aucuparia

Plant type: Native tree

Flower colour: White

Foliage colour: Mid-green

Feature: Autumn colour, Flowers, Fruit, Attractive to wildlife

Sun exposure: Full sun, Partial shade

Soil: Well-drained/light, Clay/heavy, Acidic, Moist, Sandy

Hardiness: Hardy

Skill level: Beginner

Height: 1500cm

Spread: 700cm

Time to plant seeds: September to November


Reader reviews

jamesmirren27

HOW FAR FROM THE BUILDING


Froginhood

I would also like to know how far from a building you can safely plant this tree.


jamesmirren27

I still dont know how far i should have planted my tree from my building.I planted it in 1973 its about 6 feet from the building, its about 18 feet high now,it was plant a tree for 73 should i worry about its roots.


dianeclayton

Same here, how far from the building can you plant this tree? Also, can you control the height and spread at which it grows?


Froginhood

I would also like to know how far from a building you can safely plant this tree.


jamesmirren27

I still dont know how far i should have planted my tree from my building.I planted it in 1973 its about 6 feet from the building, its about 18 feet high now,it was plant a tree for 73 should i worry about its roots.


jamesmirren27

I still dont know how far i should have planted my tree from my building.I planted it in 1973 its about 6 feet from the building, its about 18 feet high now,it was plant a tree for 73 should i worry about its roots.


jamesmirren27

I still dont know how far i should have planted my tree from my building.I planted it in 1973 its about 6 feet from the building, its about 18 feet high now,it was plant a tree for 73 should i worry about its roots.


jamesmirren27

I still dont know how far i should have planted my tree from my building.I planted it in 1973 its about 6 feet from the building, its about 18 feet high now,it was plant a tree for 73 should i worry about its roots.


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