Factsheet S13: Rowan – Sorbus aucuparia


Rowan or mountain ash, Sorbus aucuparia, grows throughout Europe as far north as the polar forest limit. It occurs from lowlands up to the mountain pine belt (about 1600 metres, 5000 ft). It is commonly seen in hedgerows, woods, along roads and on walls. In Britain it is found in woods, scrub and mountain areas up to 1000 m (3200 ft) where few other broadleaved trees will grow at all. It is a member of the Rosaceae (apple, pear, hawthorn etc).

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