Sorbus aucuparia, is also known as the Common Rowan Tree or Mountain Ash. Pretty white flower clusters are carried on long stems in April-May and are loved by bees and other pollinators. The flowers are followed by attractive, orange-red berries that droop from the branches in large bunches. The berries are a wonderful food source for birds but can also be enjoyed by us in the form of Rowan berry jelly!
The Common Mountain Ash has a long history in folklore and legend, of being able to offer protection against magical enchantment and witchcraft! However, today it is simply appreciated and much favoured for being a wildlife magnet and for bringing colour and lots of seasonal interest to the garden.
Sorbus aucuparia is a hardy tree and will grow in many difficult situations including polluted and exposed areas. Its many attractive qualities make it an excellent choice for any garden, including small spaces.
The Common Rowan tree will grow to a height and spread of around 5 x 3 metres in 10 years and is best suited to an acidic soil although it will grow in most well-drained soil types.
Being pot grown, these trees can be planted at any time of the year and as they are native to the UK, they are hardy in our climate. Plant in positions with full or partial sun.
Common Mountain Ash trees require a strong framework to support their colourful orange-red berries, so it is good to encourage this by raising the crown in summer. Simply prune the lower branches and any crossing, damaged or diseased branches within the crown.
Planting Sorbus aucuparia
Our Mountain Ash trees are pot grown so can be planted all year-round. We recommend sprinkling Rootgrow
when planting to enhance the growth quality.
1. Dig a square hole as deep as your root mass and approximately 2x as wide
2. Mix 50% of the original soil with 50% compost
3. Remove the tree from the pot and gently loosen the soil around the roots.
4. Place the tree into the hole, fill it with your soil mix and firm around gently (avoid banking the collar of the tree)Aftercare:
1. Remove weeds and grass around the area for the first couple years of the growing season.
2. When planting in spring and summer: water well for the first few months and increase watering if there are periods of hot or dry weather
3. When planting in autumn: you may only need to water a little
4. Use a rabbit guard
if prone to rabbits in the areaPruning:
Common Mountain Ash trees don't need a great deal of maintenance. However, they do need a strong branch framework to support the large clusters of colourful berries. You can achieve this by pruning the lower branches and any crossing, damaged or diseased branches within the crown of the tree to encourage good strong growth.
Hard pruning of Mountain Ash trees should be carried out when the tree is dormant after leaf fall.
Pruning time: When dormant in the late autumn and winter months
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