Sorbus aucuparia


Rowan is a small tree found on mountains, heathland and in woodland edges, and is frequently planted in towns and gardens. It is slender tree with creamy-white spring flowers and clusters of bright red autumn berries - a favourite food of birds such as visiting Waxwings, Redwings and other thrushes.

How to identify

Rowan can be recognised by its Ash-like leaves (15 leaflets arranged in pairs) with toothed edges, and the masses of red berries during the autumn and winter.

Where to find it



When to find it

  • January
  • February
  • March
  • April
  • May
  • June
  • July
  • August
  • September
  • October
  • November
  • December

How can people help

Trees are an important food source for insects looking for summer nectar and birds looking for autumn berries. Try planting native species like Rowan in your garden - these will grow to provide food and shelter for wildlife. To find out more about wildlife-friendly gardening, visit our Wild About Gardens website: a joint initiative with the RHS, there's plenty of facts and tips to get you started.

Species information

Common name
Latin name
Sorbus aucuparia
Trees and shrubs
Height: 8-15m
Conservation status