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Sorbus aucuparia



A classical looking Rowan with good autumn foliage colour and decorative berries

An upright, deciduous tree colourful autumn leaf colour. Small white flowers in late spring are followed later by clusters of bright orange-red berries in autumn, attracting wildlife to the garden. The rich green leaves turn dark yellow and red during autumn.


Grows best in partial shade or full sun and is perfect for a city or a cottage garden.


This plant is tolerant of harsh conditions, growing best in humus-rich lime-free, loamy or sandy soil.

Native to Europe Sorbus aucuparia was associated with many Celtic myths and has been used in the past to make divining rods.

Plant details

In depth plant information

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Plant type Ornamental tree
Flower colour
Foliage colour
Typically available February - September
Season of interest Spring
Flowering March - May
Evergreen No
Plant height 1200 cm - 1500 cm
Plant width 400 cm - 800 cm
Fragrant flowers No
Hazardous All parts highly toxic if eaten
Attracts bees Yes
Attracts butterflies Yes
Plant height in 5 years 190 cm
Hardiness zone (?) H4

Will perform best in these conditions

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Soil type Loam, Sand
Light exposure Full sun, Part shade
Soil drainage Well drained
Planting instructions

Water the plant in its pot thoroughly before planting – give it a good soaking. Prepare the area by digging a hole twice the size of the pot. Dig compost into the base of the hole. Position the stake in the hole, on the side of the prevailing wind and drive it into the soil, to a depth of 60cm. The stake should be a third of the height of the tree, when planted. Remove the pot and position the plant in the hole close to the stake, with the rootball about level with the surrounding soil. Refill the planting hole with a mixture of garden soil and compost, firming as you go. Use two tree ties to secure the stem to the stake. Water in well and keep well watered during the plant's first year. Check ties regularly and adjust them as the tree grows.

Planting site Wildlife garden

Additional Information for Fruit, Veg and Bulbs

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Fruiting September - November
Cropping November - November

Typically available

From February to September