Gardening

Rowan tree


The rowan tree is a beautiful shrub that makes birds and bees happy thanks to its red berries and its spring flowering.

In summary, what you need to know:

Last name : Sorbus aucuparia
Family : Rosaceae
Type : Tree

Height : 5 to 15 m
Exposure : Sunny
Ground : Rich and deep, not very calcareous

Foliage : Expired -Flowering : May June -Fruiting : June to October

Easy to maintain, it is ideal for country hedges, shrub beds and even isolated.

Plantation of rowan tree

Prefer a planting in autumn in order to facilitate rooting and therefore recovery in the spring.

For the subjects purchased in pots or containers, you can plant outside of fall, avoiding periods of frost or hot weather.

  • The rowan tree likes rather sunny situations, this gives better flowering
  • It is an undemanding tree on the nature of the soil.
  • Avoid too windy situations.
  • Its growth is considered average.

Rowan trees have a very long lifespan, up to 120 years.

Rowan rowan pruning

No pruning essential but if you need to reduce or balance the antlers, wait for the end of flowering.

Prefer a size at the end of winter and, in any case, never between March 15 and July 31 as stipulated by law.

To know about rowan

Rowan is also often called a rowan tree.

It is very popular with birds for its orangey red fruits which remain until fall.

It is a great tree to shelter birdsong in your garden all summer long!

But its spring flowering will also attract bees, to the advantage of biodiversity!

  • Read also: attract birds to the garden

Mountain ash fruits:

The rowan tree was used before to attract thrushes in autumn.

Its fruits, called rowanberries, can be eaten raw, but their tart, tart taste is not very pleasant. You can make jellies and jams.

Harvested in the fall, rowan trees give red (rowan) or yellow (ornamental varieties) fruits that birds are delighted with.

They can also be eaten, raw or cooked. The fruits of the rowan are indeed edible, but in small quantities.

In large amounts, they are more toxic due to the parasorbic acid (mountain ash) they contain.

On the other hand, cooking neutralizes parasorbic acid, which makes it possible to make jellies and jams, but also alcohol made from rowan berries.

Smart tip about rowan

In order to improve fruiting, do not hesitate to aerate your rowan tree by shedding dead branches that may appear throughout its growing season!


© M. Schuppich

Video: The Rowan Tree by Randall Standridge (October 2020).