Rowan or Mountain Ash

Rowan plant

Rowan (Sorbus aucuparia) is a great native hedging plant, that is tolerant of the unpredictable UK weather and great for providing seasonal interest. It has creamy white clusters of flowers that will bloom in May and June and you will also be treated to a strong, sweet scent. These flowers then become orangea and red berries that are a hit with the birds. Rown, or Mountain Ash, is a popular choice in mixed hedging or can be left to grow as a hedgerow tree. 

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  • Berry Colour Orange
  • Deciduous Yes
  • Semi Evergreen No
  • Evergreen No
  • Flower Colour White
  • Grows Up To 5m
  • Has Berries Yes
  • Is Edible No
  • Native No
  • Intruder Proof No
  • Privacy Hedge No

Rowan is a species that needs to be trimmed when the plant enters dormancy in late autumn or early winter. If trimmed during its growing period, Rowan can bleed a white sap and it can become susceptible to disease as a result. However, if there is dead wood, it can be trimmed back to the live growth at any time.

We'd definitely recommend trimming a Rowan hedge back each year rather than leaving it to completely informal growth, in order to keep a strong and established framework, as the abundant berry clusters it produces in late summer can lie heavy on the branches, causing longer branches to droop.

By trmming back the dead wood and tidying up the hedge in the late autumn or early winter, it readies the plant for the spring encouraging healthy and strong new growth and leading to better blossom and berry production in the year ahead.

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    More Information
    Berry ColourOrange
    Semi EvergreenNo
    Flower ColourWhite
    Grows Up To5m
    Has BerriesYes
    Is EdibleNo
    Intruder ProofNo
    Privacy HedgeNo

    Delivery Information

    • Orders £100 and over to mainland UK are delivered FREE for box deliveries
    • Our delivery lead time is currently within 3-5 days. *Some troughs and trees may take up to 14 days at present.
    • Orders under £100 to mainland UK £7.99 (box delivery).
    • Orders requiring a pallet delivery, free delivery over £300 or a £30 pallet charge if the order is under £300.
    • Bespoke deliveries that require a dedicated vehicle is a charge of £300 or free on orders over £1000.
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    For some plants that are too heavy or too tall to be packed in cardboard boxes we use pallet deliveries. In these circumstances, we require a minimum order value of £300 for free delivery, or you can make a contribution towards the delivery cost. Look out for the information on product pages which explains this further where applicable and if your order is for less than £300 please call or email us to agree a delivery contribution. This requirement only applies to those plants where it is clearly indicated on the product page.

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    Rowan (Sorbus Aucuparia) is commonly used in a mixed native hedge and its bright orange berries are a great source of food for birds. The Sorbus berries are not poisonous to humans or animals.