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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 29 reviews, with an average rating of 5 stars. Read all 29 reviews for Sorbus aucuparia.
Review Summary - 5 out of 5 based on 29 ratings.
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.

March 1, 2017 | Anonymous
Sorbus aucuparia

damp roots

February 13, 2017 | Anonymous
Sorbus aucuparia

As Above

February 6, 2017 | Anonymous
Sorbus aucuparia

Good sized whips that wiil, I imagine, do well.

December 24, 2016 | Anonymous
Sorbus aucuparia

Very good plants with excellent root balls.

March 26, 2016 | Anonymous
Sorbus aucuparia

As Above

March 22, 2016 | Anonymous
Sorbus aucuparia

As Above

February 7, 2016 | Anonymous
Sorbus aucuparia

Not as large as I thought plant would be. Not planted out yet.

April 19, 2015 | Anonymous
Sorbus aucuparia


January 26, 2015 | Anonymous
Sorbus aucuparia

As Above

January 19, 2015 | Anonymous
Sorbus aucuparia


Delivery Cost

Free Delivery - The majority of orders over the minimum order values shown below are delivered FREE to UK Mainland.
(Exceptions apply - see Delivery Areas)

All Costs & Min. Order
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Min. Order
Free Delivery



Pot Grown
& Topiary





Standard Delivery


Under 1.2m


Pot Size
Up To & Incl 7.5L

(Min Qty 12)


& Fruit Trees

Small Hand Tools, Irrigation
Canes & Mulch Matting

Rootgrow, Bonemeal,
Seaweed & AfterPlant

Tall Box Delivery


Over 1.2m






Large Tools

Pallet Delivery




Pot Size 10L & Above
& Root Ball Topiary


(Min Qty 3)

Pleached &
Espalier Trees
(Min Qty 5)


Pallet Deliveries

Some plants are too heavy or too tall to be packed in cardboard box, in which case we use pallet deliveries. In these circumstances, we require a minimum order value of £170 (ex VAT) 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 £170 (ex VAT) please call us on 01257 494 491 or email us to agree upon a delivery contribution. This requirement only applies to those plants where it is clearly indicated on the product page.

Pallet deliveries are always undertaken on an 18-tonne vehicle (similar in size to a standard refuse vehicle). If for any reason you require a smaller vehicle please contact our sales team who can arrange this for you. There will be an additional surcharge applied for small vehicle deliveries

Delivery Areas

EU & NI - As of 1st January 2021, we are no longer delivering to Republic Of Ireland or anywhere else within the EU. Currently, we can no longer deliver to Northern Ireland also.

Scottish Highlands & Islands - Most deliveries to the Scottish Highlands & Islands incur an additional charge. We classify this as including AB (Aberdeen) and DD (Dundee) postcodes, all Scottish Islands, as well as the Channel Islands, Isle of Wight and Isle of Man. The exact delivery cost is order specific and will need to be quoted by a member of our Sales Enquiries & Advice Team, so please contact us on 01257 494 491

Protected Zones - Some of the species of plants we sell cannot be shipped outside of the UK Mainland under any circumstance, in accordance with regulations set out by DEFRA. Protected Zones we cannot deliver these plants to include all of the Channel Islands (Jersey, Guernsey, Sark, Jethou, Lihou, Burhou, Alderney & Ortac), Isle of Man, Isle of Wight, France, Ireland.

Currently, this includes any plants or packs containing plants from the following genera:

  • Amelanchier
  • Cotoneaster
  • Crataegus
  • Malus
  • Pyracantha
  • Sorbus

Delivery Timescales

99% of our orders are dispatched within 7 to 10 days of receipt and most the day after the order is placed. We can do “next day delivery” on many of our products for an additional £12 (incl VAT) but please call on 01257 494 491 before placing your order to check.

We can also deliver on a specified date to suit you. Please indicate the date you would like to receive delivery in the notes section of the checkout (or place your order by phone) and we’ll do our utmost to meet that date.

Occasional hiccups can occur (such as broken down vehicles) and although we are very experienced in logistics we cannot be held liable for costs incurred or inconvenience due to late deliveries - see terms and conditions for more information.

You will receive an email or telephone call confirming the dispatch of your order 24/48 hours before it arrives with you.

Exceptions to our quick turnaround timescale

Pre-orders - if you have placed an order that includes products on pre-order, then they will be dispatched to you as soon as they are available. If your order includes pre-order bare roots or root balls you will be notified once they are being dispatched (root balls from mid to late October and bare roots from early to mid-November).

Root Balls - lifting root balls involves the use of complex, heavy machinery, this lifting is carried out twice a week in the root ball season so we do still have a prompt turnaround timescale but if your order has just missed one lifting, it will be a few days before we lift again. We are always happy to confirm when we can deliver to you before you order. The benefit of this method of supplying root balls is that they are always fresh and therefore have a higher success rate than root balls that are stored out of the soil.

Weather conditions can affect dispatch - bare root and root ball plants are not lifted if the ground is too cold (it damages the roots) and the delivery of all plants can be affected if the water supply is frozen (because we water all plants before packing). Extremely hot weather can also be challenging, and occasionally we hold backorders for species that are particularly vulnerable. We ask our customers to be mindful of bank holidays when couriers are not active.

We'd like to stress that although there are exceptions, the vast majority of our orders are dispatched extremely quickly and we are proud of our logistics developed over many years of delivering plants to tens of thousands of customers.


We inspect plants carefully before dispatch but accept that very occasionally things may go wrong. You can return your plants (within 14 days) for a refund or replacement (we’ll help with the process of returning). If your plants arrived damaged then returns are free of charge. However, we ask that you inform us as soon as possible. If you’d like to return your plants because of a change of plan or if we do not agree that the plants are significantly damaged (the loss of a few leaves in transit or a loose pot on arrival, for example, wouldn't be harmful to the plants), then we may ask you to pay the full or partial return costs if you still wanted to return them. We’re very reasonable and always aim for complete satisfaction as demonstrated by our amazing Feefo customer reviews which can be viewed here.

Should you wish to return any products that you have over-bought, no longer require or purchased in error you will incur both a return cost (different charges for pallets and Boxes) and the original cost of delivery incurred by best4hedging. Please contact the Service team for charges and/or to organise a return. Plants will be subject to a quality control check from our Nursery upon return before any refund is authorised and processed.

Please note that in the case of damaged plants, if you have not notified us of a problem within 14 days of delivery, we consider you to have accepted the plants and best4hedging has no further liability for them should they fail. You can read more about our returns policy in our terms and conditions here.

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