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European Mountain Ash, Rowan
Scientific Name: Sorbus aucuparia L.
Synonym: Pyrus aucuparia
Family: Rosaceae
European Mountain Ash, Rowan (Sorbus  aucuparia)
Herman, D.E. et al. 1996. North Dakota tree handbook. USDA NRCS ND State Soil Conservation Committee; NDSU Extension and Western Area Power Admin., Bismarck, ND.
Recommended Temperature Zone:
sunset: 1-10,14-17
USDA: 3-9

Sun Exposure: Full sun to light shade

Origin: Europe, North Africa, Middle East

Growth Habits: Deciduous tree, 20 to 60 feet tall (6-18 m), 15 to 25 feet spread (4.5-7 m); dull green leaves, 5 to 9 inches long (12-23 cm), 13 to 25 leaflets, each 0.8 to 2 inches long (2-5 cm)

Watering Needs: Moderate water, prefers acid soils

Propagation: Seeds, graft for cultivars

Rowan was once planted next to the houses to protect them against bad luck.
The name 'aucuparia' is from the Latin for 'bird catcher'.

Herman, D.E. et al. 1996. North Dakota tree handbook.

Herman, D.E. et al. 1996. North Dakota tree handbook.

Blooming Habits:
Heavily scented small white flowers, in clusters of 3 to 5 inches wide (7-12 cm), in May.

Fruiting Habits:
Showy clusters of bright deep orange small fruits, 0.4 inch in diameter (1 cm), in September, persistent through the winter. The berries are edible and used to make rowan jelly.

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