Rowan Trees – Sorbus Aucuparia

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Sorbus aucuparia, commonly known as the Rowan tree or the Mountain Ash, is a popular deciduous tree native to much of Europe, including the UK. Not to be confused with the true ash trees (genus Fraxinus), the Rowan tree stands apart due to its distinct features and the folklore surrounding it.

Sorbus aucuparia, commonly known as the Rowan tree or the Mountain Ash, is a popular deciduous tree native to much of Europe, including the UK. Not to be confused with the true ash trees (genus Fraxinus), the Rowan tree stands apart due to its distinct features and the folklore surrounding it.

Typically, the Rowan tree grows to a height of 10-20 metres and has a spread of about 8-15 metres. It displays an attractive, rounded crown adorned with pinnate leaves, each having up to 14 leaflets that provide a feathery, elegant appearance. The leaves open a fresh green colour in the spring, darken over summer and turn to glorious shades of orange and red before falling in autumn.

One of the most enchanting features of the Rowan tree is its creamy white flowers that bloom in clusters in late spring. These flowers are followed by a profusion of striking, glossy red berries in the late summer and early autumn. The berries, while inedible raw due to their bitterness, can be cooked to make jellies, jams, and even a traditional liqueur in some countries.

The Rowan tree has a relatively fast growth rate and typically reaches maturity within 20-30 years. The average lifespan of the tree is about 100 years, although it can occasionally live up to 200 years in favourable conditions.

Like other Sorbus species, the Rowan tree is hermaphroditic, meaning each flower contains both male and female reproductive parts. The flowers are pollinated by insects, primarily bees, and this cross-pollination leads to the formation of the characteristic berries.

Compared to other trees found in England, the Rowan tree distinguishes itself with its bright red berries and feathery foliage. The tree’s small size also makes it a more feasible option for small gardens compared to many native British trees.

From a garden design perspective, the Rowan tree is incredibly versatile. Its compact size, coupled with its distinct spring blossoms, vibrant autumn colours, and winter berries, make it an excellent choice for year-round interest. It can be used as a standalone feature, in a mixed border, or even as part of a wildlife-friendly hedge.

In terms of wildlife benefits, the Rowan tree is invaluable. Its flowers provide a rich source of nectar and pollen for bees and other pollinators, while the berries are a favourite of many birds, including thrushes and waxwings. The leaves also host a variety of caterpillars, providing a food source for them and the birds that feed on them.

An interesting fact about the Rowan tree is its rich folklore. It’s often called the ‘witch tree’ as it was traditionally believed to ward off witches and evil spirits. Even today, it’s not uncommon to find a Rowan tree planted near houses for this symbolic protection.

In conclusion, Sorbus aucuparia, the Rowan tree, is a charming, resilient, and ecologically beneficial tree that offers a host of features to delight the senses. Its compact size, vibrant display of flowers and berries, and the fascinating folklore surrounding it, make it an excellent addition to a British garden.

Style

Full Standard, Boxhead, Feathered, Multi Stem, Pleached, Half Standard Pleached, Umbrella, Half Standard, Espalier, Mini Standard, Ball, Cone, Spiral, Cube, Cloud Form, Cube Spiral, Cube Multiball, Cube Ball Cone, Pom-pom, Lollipop, Archway, Twisted Stem, Triple Lollipop, Multiball 2, Multiball 3, Dome, Cylinder, Pyramid, Cylindrical Dome, Twisted Stem, Unique, Bonsai, Instant Hedge, Instant Screen, Hedging Plants, Young Tree

Root Type

Pot Grown, Rootball, Bare Root

Height

15-30cm, 30-50cm, 50-70cm, 70-90cm, 90-110cm, 110-130cm, 130-150cm, 150-170cm, 170-200cm, 200-230cm, 230-250cm, 250-270cm, 270-300cm, 300-350cm, 350-400cm, 400-450cm, 450-500cm, 500-600cm, 600-700cm, 700-800cm, 10-20cm, 20-30cm, 30-40cm, 40-50cm, 50-60cm, 60-70cm, 70-80cm, 80-90cm, 90-100cm, 100-110cm, 110-120cm, 120-130cm, 130-140cm, 140-150cm

Stem Girth

4-6cm, 6-8cm, 8-10cm, 10-12cm, 12-14cm, 14-16cm, 16-18cm, 18-20cm, 20-22cm, 22-24cm, 24-26cm, 26-28cm, 28-30cm, 30-35cm, 35-40cm, 40-45cm, 45-50cm, 50-60cm, 60-70cm, N/A, 20-25cm, 25-30cm

Foliage Type

Deciduous

Origin

Native

Water Requirement

Moderate Watering

Growth Height

Medium Growing

Growth Speed

Moderate Growth

Costal Growing

No

Conifer?

No

Flowering?

Yes

Berries?

0

Colourful Foliage?

0

Hard Wood Cutbacks?

0

Fragrant

0

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STANDARD DELIVERY TYPES

Box/Parcel – Used for plants sized 0-70cm, costs £12. Order £100 worth of plants of that size to qualify for free delivery! Parcel deliveries are always sent for next day delivery unless otherwise specified.

Pallet – Used for plants sized 71-230cm, costs £60. Order £350 worth of plants to qualify for free pallet delivery! We always send our pallets for next day delivery, unless requested otherwise.

Private Van – Used for plants sized 231cm and taller, costs £60. Order £350 worth to get free private van delivery!

In all cases you can request a private van delivery, where your plants are delivered by us. Upon your request we can re-evaluate your delivery fee and let you know of the delivery time.

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