Rowan - Sorbus aucuparia

    Alternative names
    Mountain Ash

    Small rather slender tree. Leaves pinnate with 5 to 7 pairs of toothed oblong leaflets, green, hairy beneath. Flowers creamy white 8 to 10 mm in domed clusters. Berries 6 to 9 mm red, shiny.

    Identification difficulty

    Woodland and hedgerows.

    When to see it

    May and June.

    Life History


    UK Status

    Widespread in Britain especially in the uplands.

    VC55 Status

    Frequent in Leicestershire and Rutland. In the 1979 Flora survey of Leicestershire it was found in 167 of the 617 tetrads.

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    Yellow squares = NBN records (all known data)
    Coloured circles = NatureSpot records: 2020+ | 2015-2019 | pre-2015

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