The rowan, or Sorbus aucuparia, is a small deciduous tree or shrub native to Europe, North Asia, and North America. It has 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.

The Appearance

A small to medium-sized deciduous tree with a narrow, upright crown and pinnate leaves that turn yellow and red in autumn. It produces clusters of white flowers followed by red berries.


The Produce

They also have small, round, and bright red berries (pomes) that appear in clusters in late summer or early autumn.


The Flowers

Produces clusters of white flowers in spring, followed by red berries in autumn.


The Leaves

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


The Bark

The bark is smooth and gray, becoming more fissured with age.


The Habitat

Prefers well-drained soils and full sun to partial shade. Commonly found in gardens and parks.


The Ecology

Provides habitat and food for various wildlife, including birds and insects. The berries are eaten by birds.


The Culture

Valued for its ornamental flowers, berries, and autumn foliage. Often planted in gardens and parks.


Fun Facts

Rowan is also known as the Mountain Ash and is revered in folklore for its protective properties against evil spirits.

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