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Sorbus aucuparia | Rowan Tree

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7ft Sorbus aucuparia | Multi Stem | 18L Pot

A classic tree for the garden, the Rowan tree is a much loved favourite due to its scarlet berries and distinctive foliage. Come autumn time, these berries will appear, becoming a valuable food source for birds. The interesting history of this tree spans back many years - it was initially planted around homes to provide protection from witches! (where red was believed to be the best colour for fighting evil). In spring, the blossoms of this tree couldn't be anymore contrasting, where they will adorn your garden with their beautiful white shade which is accompanied by pastel yellow stamens.

Variety Information

Habit Bushy
Foliage Colour Green
Flowers Yes, white blossoms in spring
Features Green foliage, white blossoms, red berries.

Green foliage, white blossoms, red berries.

Size Information

Supplied As18 litre pot
Height on Arrival Height can vary depending on when you purchase your tree, and what rootstock and variety combination you buy.213cm (7ft)
Age2 Years

Eventual Height & Spread Eventual size depends on both environmental and genetic conditions.

12m (39ft) x 8m (26ft) (Based on 20 - 50 years)

Packaging

We have developed an eco friendly pot that is currently in use across our 9 litre range. This pot has less than 20% of the plastic used by a regular pot, and is importantly recyclable. These pots also prevent root spiralling, encouraging a healthier root system.

All trees arrive in an extra thick cardboard box with a clamp to hold their pot in place. This prevents them from moving around on their journey. 

Nursery staff will wrap the roots of our bare root trees and use compost to keep them moist during transportation. This extra protection prevents them from drying out, allowing for a flying start. We also use the same specialised box that our potted trees have to keep them nice and secure as they make their way to your home.

Bare root and containerised trees have differing planting requirements, detailed below:

  • Watering: Bare root trees should have their roots soaked in water for up to 2 hours before planting, while with containerised trees, it is important to drench their root ball before planting.
  • Pruning: Another difference is that for bare root trees, it is useful to prune their woody roots back a few inches. However, for containerised trees, you should free any spiralised roots growing around their rootball's circumference.
  • Planting: With bare root trees, you should dig a hole to enable the graft point to be above the soil, while with containerised trees, the pot should sit no lower than an inch below the ground.

Bare root and containerised trees also share planting requirements, detailed below:

  • With both, you should dig a hole that is twice the radius of their rootball. Stake your trees no more than 2 - 3 inches from the stem, and make sure that they are pointing away from the prevailing wind.
  • Fill the planting hole with a mix of compost and garden soil, finishing with fertiliser and mycorrhizal fungi. Take care to not compress the soil.
  • Once you are happy with your efforts, give your tree a generous watering.
  • Add mulch on top (this can be bark and wood chippings, compost, manure, leaf-mould, and stones), and ensure that these do not touch the stem of the tree.
  • Tie the stake to your tree (and leave space for growth), and place a rabbit guard around your tree to protect it from harmful pests.
  • Apply fertiliser and replace decomposed mulch come spring. In autumn, remove fallen leaves to prevent the risk of disease. You should also make sure that the ties are not rubbing your tree.

Rowan trees are very easy to grow. Their growth and output will likely be excellent providing you follow our planting and care instructions. Below we address some common query topics:

  • Hardiness: Rowan trees can be found throughout the temperate regions of the world and many species are native to the UK, so their winters are unlikely to cause damage.
  • Position: Rowan trees benefit from being planted in full sun. Planting them in a sheltered spot will also help them put more resources into their flowering.
  • Soil: Soil types can be an unwelcome confusion as many plants will adapt to their conditions. Nonetheless, less than ideal conditions will certainly limit your Rowan trees growth. Waterlogged soils will starve it of oxygen, which plays a key role in photosynthesis; causing the roots to rot and creating an optimal environment for disease. Similarly, compressed soils can starve them of oxygen and water, so you should avoid compressing the soil when planting.
More Information
Is Collection/Mix? No
Needs Ericaceous Compost? No

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