About This Plant

The rowan, or Sorbus aucuparia, is a small deciduous tree or shrub native to Europe, North Asia, and North America. It features compound leaves, white spring flowers, and clusters of red or orange berries in late summer and early autumn, which are a food source for wildlife. Rowan trees have folklore associations with protection and are valued for their ornamental beauty in gardens and parks.

The Story


The leaves are pinnate with serrated leaflets, turning yellow or red in the autumn.


Rowans have small, creamy-white flowers arranged in clusters (corymbs) that bloom in late spring. They also have small, round, and bright red berries (pomes) that appear in clusters in late summer or early autumn. These berries are a crucial food source for birds.