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Rowan (Sorbus Aucuparia)

Sunday 17th September 2017

Greenacres Rainford have a number of Rowans over a decade old in the woodland, hedges and Orchard but most of the Rowans on-site are still saplings planted three years ago. The rowan is also known as the mountain ash and are relatively small trees growing up to 15m with leaves that are from a distance similar to those of an Ash however they can be distinguished by the serrations on the leaves edge and the bunches of orange to red fruits that appear in the autumn. Whilst the fruit are unpalatable and bitter raw, they can be used in making jams and jellies.

Freezing also degrades the acid causing the bitterness, resulting in rowan berries being harvested following the first frost of the year. The wood has been prized by wood workers due to the beautiful transition between the sapwood and heartwood which are white and brown respectively.

Our lovely Rowan trees in the Woodland and Orchard.

By Tom Cowley

Fun fact: The Rowan has been known as a tree with spiritual properties dating back generations, particularly in Scotland where the products of the tree were not to be harvested apart from for spiritual needs. Purportedly it can protect against witches, daemons, fairies and other malevolent magic so was often planted on thresholds to prevent  harm from coming to the household.

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