(12) Rowan

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  • Species
    • Rowan
  • Botanical Name
    • Sorbus acuparia
  • Location
    • Behind the salt box on the junction of Baddingham Drive and Dell Close.
    • Grid Reference: TQ *****, *****
    • Latitude, Longitude: 51.******, -0.3******
    • What3Words: *****.*****.*****
  • Girth (circumference of trunk at 1.5m height)
    • Not feasible to measure
  • Estimated Age
    • Not feasible to assess
  • Identification
    • Also known as mountain ash, Rowan, like Hawthorn and Whitebeam, is in the Rose family and is a small to medium sized tree. The leaves are similar to ash leaves with each leaf made up of 5-8 pairs of leaflets, but each leaflet is narrower and more straight-sided than ash leaflets. The tree has bright orange-red berries, similar to rose hips.
  • About this species
    • The tree will grow at higher altitudes than most other British trees and in the wild can be found growing in exposed rocky places on mountainsides. They were once planted beside houses as a protection against witches.
  • Local information
    • Waxwings enjoy the berries - look out for these colourful birds during cold snaps in winter.

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