Sheerwater Seedling Rowan, Large Trees

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General Info RHS AGM, Wildlife Value
Area Exposed Windy Areas, Frost Pockets, Scotland & The North
Soil Good, Well Drained, Acidic, Alkaline/Chalky, Poor/Dry
Colour Yellow/Gold
Type Native
Ornamental Autumn Colour, Berries
Flowering May

Sorbus aucuparia Sheerwater Seedling

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SIZES 1-2 3-910+
200/250 cm Bareroot Out of Stock £54.96Out of Stock£49.98Out of Stock£46.98
6/8cm Girth Standard. Bareroot Out of Stock - Unavailable this year £89.94Out of Stock - Unavailable this year£74.94Out of Stock - Unavailable this year£69.96
8/10cm Girth Standard. Bareroot Sold out for the season £124.98Sold out for the season£104.40Sold out for the season£94.44
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Sorbus aucuparia Sheerwater Seedling: Bareroot Rowan Trees in Standard Sizes

Sorbus aucuparia Sheerwater Seedling is a small but vigorous native Rowan with a long season of decorative value, naturally forming a neat oval crown without pruning.
Clumps of small white flowers that look furry from a distance appear in May: bees love them. By late summer, these develop into large bunches of brilliant red-orange berries which become a major food source for birds, especially blackbirds and thrushes.
It has an excellent autumn finale. By October, the leaves are turning into a rich mass of colour with the shiny berries drawing all the greens, yellows and blazing reds into one visual feast.

Ideal for the smaller garden, it can reach a height of about 10 metres, or approximately 4 metres as a half standard, and no more than 4-5 wide when fully mature.

Standard trees are the largest size that we deliver; you can also buy native Mountain Ash saplings.
Browse all of our other varieties of Rowan / Mountain Ash trees.

Delivery season: Rowan trees are delivered bareroot during late autumn and winter, approximately November-March inclusive.
Choosing a size: Small trees are cheaper, easier to handle and more forgiving of less than ideal aftercare, so they are best for a big planting project. If instant impact is your priority, or if you are only buying a few plants for use in a place where it is convenient to water them well in their first year, then you may as well use bigger ones. All our bareroot trees are measured by their height in centimetres above the ground (the roots aren't measured).


  • Height: Upright and compact to 10m
  • White flowers. Bright red berries. Great autumn colour.
  • Soil: Any well drained, dislikes heavy clay
  • Use: Specimen, small garden, large container, avenue, urban
  • RHS Award of Garden Merit
  • RHS Plants for Pollinators
  • Bareroot delivery only: November-March

Growing Sheerwater Seedling Rowans

Any well drained soil, thrives on poor soil in full sun or partial shade. Happy on chalk, dislikes heavy clay. Drought tolerant when established. Suitable for large containers designed for trees. Very tolerant of pollution.

If the birds don't get them first, the berries can be cooked, usually into jelly, although we recommend Edulis for its sweeter fruit if you plan to harvest them.

Did You Know?

This variety was found beside a stream in Sheerwater near Woking. Rowland Jackman (1902-1976), manager of Jackman Nursery, brought it to market around 1950. Jackman's were one of the top clematis breeders in the mid 1800's, producing the C. x jackmanii hybrids, which now have close to a hundred cultivars, including Barbara Jackman, which Rowland bred for his wife.

Rowans are native to Britain and northern Europe. They were revered by ancient Scottish tribes, who called the rowan the Lady of the Mountain and it was taboo to cut them down for firewood. This was out of both awe and practical concerns: they can grow on barren, rocky mountain peaks where no other British trees will survive and the berries were an essential source of vitamin C. Some historians believe that the red lines on a kilt symbolise Rowan berries.

Standard trees are measured by their girth in centimetres 1 metre above ground level: their trunk's waist measurement. Unlike sapling trees and hedge plants, standards aren't measured by their height, which will vary quite a bit both between and within species.
So, a 6/8cm standard tree has a trunk with a circumference of 6-8cm and an 8/10 standard has a trunk 8-10cm around. This measurement makes no difference to the tree's final height.
On average, standard trees are 2-3.5 metres tall when they arrive, but we cannot tell you precisely how tall your trees will be before we deliver them.

  • Small Box

    Small boxes

    (Orders containing seedlings or rooted cuttings)


    including VAT per order


    For ORDERS
    Over £60 inc VAT

  • Small box

    (All barerooted plants under 1.2 metres in height. Please note: all trees are charged at the trees and hedging rate.)


    including VAT per order


    For ORDERS
    Over £60 inc VAT

  • Medium box

    (Any pots up to
    and incl. 7.5L)


    including VAT per order


    For ORDERS
    Over £100 inc VAT

  • Trees & Hedging

    (For all orders of trees of any size, and all bareroot plants 1.2 metres and over in height)


    including VAT per order

  • Pallets

    (For all orders of root balls,
    and large orders, a pallet
    price will be automatically
    applied at checkout)


    including VAT per order

*Delivery to mainland Britain & the Isle of Wight ONLY. Surcharges to the Isle of Wight and some areas of Scotland apply.

Bareroot planting is best done between November and April
Bareroot and potted - what's the difference?

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