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Sorbus aucuparia

Rowan plant

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Sorbus aucuparia is a great native hedge species that is a popular choice in mixed hedging or can be left to grow as a hedgerow tree. The pinnate green foliage of Mountain Ash contrasts wonderfully with the bright orange berries in autumn before the leaves begin to turn a warm red. During spring the rich foliage of Rowan is decorated with pretty clusters of white flowers.

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  • Best Features: White flowers, green foliage, orange berries, autumn colour
  • Ideal For Hedges: 1-4m
  • Growth Rate: Average 20-40cm
  • Position: Sunny, partial shade, normal soil, sheltered or exposed, inland or coastal
  • Also Consider: Our range of native hedging species or Common Mountain Ash Trees

Please note that in compliance with DEFRA, we are unable to deliver this species outside of the UK Mainland.

*Additionally, please also note, 1 bare root = 1 Rowan plant, not a bundle of plants. We use a mixture of bare root photos taken in leaf from our growing sites in summer, as well as during the bare root planting season when Rowan may be defoliated.

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Rowan hedge (Sorbus aucuparia) description

Rowan is a native hedging species, tolerant of the unpredictable UK weather and great for providing seasonal interest. Rowan hedges are suited to a normal, well-drained soil in full sun and boast attractive, slender leaves that form an impressive backdrop for the white summer flowers and the clusters of orange-red autumn berries. These striking berries are a favourite amongst hungry birds and, in the past, were used as bait by bird catchers; relating to the meaning of the Latin name Aucuparia, ‘to catch birds’.

Ever considered foraging your own hedgerow? See our Rowan Jelly Recipe or jump to edible hedging plants for instant inspiration.

Best uses for Mountain Ash hedges

Rowan is popularly used in a mixed native hedge but also looks wonderful planted in a cottage or informal garden, providing huge wildlife interest. This hardy hedge plant is also tolerant of pollution and so can handle city or urban positions.

Combine Rowan with

Blackthorn hedging for a variety of different berries, or our other native hedging species to create a diverse, edible hedgerow.

Growth rate of Sorbus aucuparia hedging

Mountain Ash hedges have an average growth rate, achieving about 20 - 40cm per year and are ideal for desired hedge heights of 1 - 4m.

Care and pruning advice for Sorbus plants

As Rowan hedges are fairly low maintenance, no routine pruning is needed. However, we recommend giving your Sorbus acuparia hedge a light prune in late winter-early spring to remove any diseased or damaged branches. Take a look at our hedging care advice section for further pruning information.

Planting density recommendation for Rowan hedge plants

For information on planting density specific to Rowan hedge plants, please see the product table below. In the 'No. Per Metre' column, you will find our recommended plant density for each individual plant species and root type.

Rowan plants are available to purchase year-round as cell grown and pot grown plants. Mountain Ash hedging is also available in bare root form for delivery between October-late April/early May, and can be pre-ordered from mid-summer.

The majority of our Sorbus hedge plants are UK grown by on-site experts with years of nursery growing experience. Occasionally, we do source Rowan hedging from outside of the UK. In this instance, we go to every measure to ensure our suppliers are unbeaten on quality. At best4hedging, we strive to provide the freshest plants at the highest possible standard, all whilst providing competitive prices. Rest assured, you can buy Rowan hedging plants online with complete confidence.

Showing 20 of our total 39 reviews, with an average rating of 5 stars. Read all 39 reviews for Sorbus aucuparia.
Review Summary - 5 out of 5 based on 39 ratings.
March 30, 2022 | Anonymous
Sorbus aucuparia

Excellent value, bought these to do some phantom planting

March 28, 2022 | aidan hodgson
Sorbus aucuparia


March 12, 2022 | Sean Brundell
Sorbus aucuparia

Fantastic company as always

February 14, 2022 | Laura Teague
Sorbus aucuparia

As with the previous trees the size and shape and root system was of superb quality.

January 19, 2022 | Anonymous
Sorbus aucuparia

As Above

December 28, 2021 | Anonymous
Sorbus aucuparia

As Above

December 25, 2021 | Janet Stock
Sorbus aucuparia

Bare root but looks healthy!

December 23, 2021 | Anonymous
Sorbus aucuparia

As Above

December 3, 2021 | Anonymous
Sorbus aucuparia

Received promptly good quality

May 10, 2021 | Anonymous
Sorbus aucuparia

Very tall and thin. Not a particularly good plant.

February 27, 2021 | Anthony Harries
Sorbus aucuparia


February 1, 2021 | Robert Mann
Sorbus aucuparia

All planted immediately, buds have appeared.

January 10, 2021 | Anonymous
Sorbus aucuparia

As Above

December 8, 2020 | Anonymous
Sorbus aucuparia

good plants in good condition

February 7, 2020 | Susan Spivey
Sorbus aucuparia

As Above

January 14, 2020 | Anonymous
Sorbus aucuparia

As Above

November 27, 2019 | Sarah S. Glanville
Sorbus aucuparia

Good strong healthy plant, great root system. I would have preferred a larger plant but this wasn't an option.

April 21, 2019 | Anonymous
Sorbus aucuparia

healthy plants should do well

March 21, 2019 | Anonymous
Sorbus aucuparia

As Above

November 28, 2018 | Annette Hill
Sorbus aucuparia

As with all the plants looks healthy.

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