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Sorbus aucuparia

Rowan or mountain ash

A table displaying which months are best to sow, plant and harvest.
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Flowers
Flowers

Plant does not flower in January

Plant does not flower in February

Plant does not flower in March

Plant does flower in April

Plant does flower in May

Plant does not flower in June

Plant does not flower in July

Plant does not flower in August

Plant does not flower in September

Plant does not flower in October

Plant does not flower in November

Plant does not flower in December

Fruits
Fruits

Plant does not fruit in January

Plant does not fruit in February

Plant does not fruit in March

Plant does not fruit in April

Plant does not fruit in May

Plant does not fruit in June

Plant does not fruit in July

Plant does fruit in August

Plant does fruit in September

Plant does fruit in October

Plant does not fruit in November

Plant does not fruit in December

  • Botanical name: Sorbus aucuparia
  • Common name: Rowan or mountain ash
  • Family: Rosaceae
  • Plant Type: Tree, Deciduous
Flower colour:

White

Foliage colour:

Green

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.

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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 urban gardens, and also when planted closely as a screen or informal large hedge.

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Grow Sorbus aucuparia in a fertile, well-drained soil in full sun to partial shade. Water regularly in the first two years to help it become established, and stake it to prevent root-rock.

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Advice on buying Sorbus aucuparia

  • Make sure you have enough space to grow your rowan – it can reach ultimately reach 15m x 7m
  • Sorbus aucuparia is available in garden centres but you’ll find a wider range online or in specialist nurseries
  • Look out for bare-root trees, on sale in winter – these are much cheaper than pot-grown trees
  • Where to buy Sorbus aucuparia

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  • How to grow Sorbus aucuparia

    • Plant size

      15m height

      7m spread

    • Aspect

      South facing, east facing, west facing

    • Position in border

      Back

    • Sun exposure: Dappled shade, full sun
    • Hardiness: Hardy
    • Soil type: Acidic / clay / heavy / moist / well drained / light / sandy

    Plant calendar

    A table displaying which months are best to sow, plant and harvest.
    Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
    Sow
    Sow

    Do not Sow in January

    Do not Sow in February

    Do not Sow in March

    Do not Sow in April

    Do not Sow in May

    Do not Sow in June

    Do not Sow in July

    Do not Sow in August

    Do Sow in September

    Do Sow in October

    Do Sow in November

    Do not Sow in December

    Plant
    Plant

    Do not Plant in January

    Do not Plant in February

    Do not Plant in March

    Do not Plant in April

    Do not Plant in May

    Do not Plant in June

    Do not Plant in July

    Do not Plant in August

    Do Plant in September

    Do Plant in October

    Do Plant in November

    Do not Plant in December

    Flowers
    Flowers

    Plant does not flower in January

    Plant does not flower in February

    Plant does not flower in March

    Plant does flower in April

    Plant does flower in May

    Plant does not flower in June

    Plant does not flower in July

    Plant does not flower in August

    Plant does not flower in September

    Plant does not flower in October

    Plant does not flower in November

    Plant does not flower in December

    Fruits
    Fruits

    Plant does not fruit in January

    Plant does not fruit in February

    Plant does not fruit in March

    Plant does not fruit in April

    Plant does not fruit in May

    Plant does not fruit in June

    Plant does not fruit in July

    Plant does fruit in August

    Plant does fruit in September

    Plant does fruit in October

    Plant does not fruit in November

    Plant does not fruit in December

    Sorbus aucuparia and wildlife

    Sorbus aucuparia is known for attracting bees, beneficial insects, birds and butterflies​/​moths. It is a caterpillar food plant, has nectar/pollen rich flowers, provides shelter and habitat and has seeds for birds.

    Attractive to Bees

    Attractive to Beneficial insects

    Attractive to Birds

    Attractive to Butterflies​/​Moths

    Does not attract Other pollinators

    Is Sorbus aucuparia poisonous?

    Sorbus aucuparia has no toxic effects reported.

    No reported toxicity to:

    No reported toxicity to Birds

    No reported toxicity to Cats

    No reported toxicity to Dogs

    No reported toxicity to Horses

    No reported toxicity to Livestock

    No reported toxicity to People