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.
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.
When to see
January – December
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.