The rowan (Sorbus aucuparia) is a classic UK native deciduous tree, which will make a perfect tall accent point in a wildlife-friendly hedge. Unpruned, it will reach a mature height (after 20 years) of 12m, classed as a medium-sized tree. Rowans can also be cut as a traditional deciduous hedge or screen. It will tolerate all soil types, exposed sites and partial shade and won’t be affected by pollution.
Plants flower in late spring/early summer with creamy white clusters up to 15cm (6”) across with a strong, sweet scent, which are very attractive to pollinators. Bright red berries appear from August/September and ripen in October/November, just in time for the brilliant red and orange autumn leaf colour.