Sorbus aucuparia

Scientific name: Sorbus aucuparia

Synonym: Sorbus rehderiana


Common names: “European mountain ash” “Rowan”

Plant Type: Deciduous tree


Zone: 3-6

Light: Full sun – part shade

Exposure: Exposed, tolerant of seaside and pollution

Soil: Any including clay

Moisture: Moist well drained


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Plant Size: H 20-40′ W 15-25′

Leaf and Stem shape: Pinnate leaves turning yellow in autumn

Flower: Flat clusters of white flowers in late spring, followed by orange-red berries in early autumnImage result for sorbus aucuparia

Pruning: Minimal – none

Maintenance: Low

Landscape use: Windbreak, wildlife garden, hedgerow

Propagate: By seed, cuttings or grafting

Pests & Disease: Can get fireblight, scale and anthracnose

Comments: Planted in church yards to ward off witches, berries are edible and have a high vitamin C content, birds eat the seeds, aucuparia means “of bird catchers” , naturalized most of North America and considered invasive

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