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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Leicestershire & Rutland Map


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

UK Map