Rowan has silvery-brown bark and fern-like leaves which turn a lovely burnt red in autumn. In spring you’ll find clusters of creamy-white flowers then followed by orange-red berries in autumn. It’s slim so makes a perfect garden specimen tree. Rowan can grow at altitude hence its other common name, mountain ash. It is long foretold in folklore that the Rowan tree gives aid and protection against enchantment and was even hung outside houses to protect against evil.
Estimate full grown height: 8-15 metres, growing an estimated 20-40cm each year.
Value to wildlife: The leaves are eaten by caterpillars of moths, including the larger Welsh wave and autumn green carpet. Flowers provide pollen and nectar for bees and other pollinating insects, while the berries are a rich source of autumn food for birds, especially blackbird, thrushes, redstart and redwing.
Preferred soil type or environmental conditions: A hardy species and will grow in most soils but prefers light, well-drained, humus-rich soil. It’s ideal as a specimen tree.
UK sourced and grown: Every sapling that we provide is UK sourced and grown to minimise the risk of importing and spreading tree pests and diseases. Seeds are collected and stored in the UK, and they are all coded and batched so that we can track each individual tree.
Learn more about this species on our rowan profile.