Rowan Sorbus aucuparia

Rowan is a small tree found on mountains, heathland and in woodland edges, and is frequently planted in towns and gardens. It is slender tree with creamy-white spring flowers and clusters of bright red autumn berries – a favourite food of birds such as visiting Waxwings, Redwings and other thrushes.

Behaviour

Rowan can be recognised by its Ash-like leaves (15 leaflets arranged in pairs) with toothed edges, and the masses of red berries during the autumn and winter.

Size

Height: 8-15m

Status

Common.

Distribution

Widespread.

When to see

January – December

Facts

Rowan is also known as 'Mountain Ash' because of the Ash-like shape of its leaves and its preference for upland areas – often seen standing as a lone tree in a dramatic, windswept landscape.

Common name

Rowan

Species name

Sorbus aucuparia

When to see in Scotland

January – December

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