Wild Rowan / Mountain Ash Trees, Large

General Info Edible Fruit / Nuts, Wildlife Value
Shade Partial Shade
Area Exposed Windy Areas, Frost Pockets, Scotland & The North
Soil Acidic, Alkaline/Chalky, Poor/Dry
Colour White/Cream
Fruiting Late Season
Type Native, Screening
Ornamental Autumn Colour, Berries
Flowering May
  Buy 3 or more bareroot trees and save

SIZES 1-2 3-910+
200/250 cm Bareroot OUT OF STOCK £39.96OUT OF STOCK£36.00OUT OF STOCK£33.60
Feather. Bareroot 1.75-2.5m OUT OF STOCK £54.96OUT OF STOCK£49.98OUT OF STOCK£46.98
6/8cm Girth Standard. Bareroot Out of Stock £89.94Out of Stock£74.94Out of Stock£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
  Prices include VAT(where applicable)



Rowan, Wild Mountain Ash - Standard needs...
  • Tree Guards for Standards and established Trees

    Tree Guard, Heavy Duty

    From £4.02

  • Treated Tree Stakes

    Stakes, Tree Planting

    From £5.76

  • Rootgrow Root Stimulant


    From £6.00

  • Tree Planting pack - mulch mat, pegs, stake and tie

    Tree Planting Pack

    From £10.19

Sorbus aucuparia: Bareroot Native Rowan / Mountain Ash Trees in Standard Sizes

A small to medium-sized deciduous native tree, the Rowan produces white flowers in June followed by large bunches of red berries that are very popular with birds: these are edible when cooked, but if you want to grow a rowan for its fruit, we recommend Edulis. In autumn the foliage turns attractive yellows and reds.
To 10m

The standards on this page are the largest sizes of Rowan tree that we deliver. You can also buy younger, smaller Rowan saplings.
Browse all our other Rowan trees, Whitebeam & Wild Service trees.

Please watch our tree planting video for full planting instructions.

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: 9-10m
  • Soil: Any well drained except shallow chalk.
  • Use: Specimen, small garden, large container, avenue, urban
  • Colour: White flowers, edible red-orange fruit
  • Bareroot delivery only: November-March

Growing Mountain Ash / Rowan

They will grow well on almost any soil, except shallow chalk: they will probably still grow even there, but they won't be happy or long-lived. They thrive best on moderately acidic soils, but mildly alkaline is certainly not a problem. They flower much less in partial shade. Suitable for very exposed and windy locations, but not the coast.

Did You Know?

The species name is derived from avis, bird, and capere, to catch, because the fruit were excellent bait for fowlers: Germans still call it Vogelbeerbaum, bird-berry tree. There is a Eucalyptus species in Australia that is also called mountain ash.

The genus name, Sorbus, and the common name, Rowan, both more or less mean "red", the former being Latin and the latter being from a Germanic root. The Old English term for it is cwic-beám, which became quickbeam (one of Tolkien's Ents bears that name), or simply quicken in some areas. Our Canadian cousins call it dogberry, and rural folk there associate a heavy crop of its fruit with a harsh winter to come.

The nutritional value of the fruit to our ancestors in colder parts of the country was so great that it was taboo to use the timber casually, and planting the tree in front of your house warded off both evil spirits and scurvy.

Mountain Ashes (Sorbus species) are no relation to Common Ashes (Fraxinus excelsior) and are not affected by Ash Dieback Disease.

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

  • 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

  • Medium box

    (Any pots up to
    and incl. 7.5L)


    including VAT per order

  • 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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