treeRowan (Sorbus aucuparia). A deciduous tree growing to about 15-20m with a loose rounded crown, often multi-stemmed. The wood is tough and strong, and was traditionally used for bows, tool handles, cart-wheels and beams.

leafletIt has alternate, pinnate leaves 10-20cm long with 9-17 pointed and toothed leaflets.

flowersIt flowers in May to June with clusters of white flowers each with 5 petals. This Fructu Luteo cultivar fruits in August with dense bunches of orange berries which stay on the tree well into winter.berries
The rowan has many associations with magic and witches. Its protective power is thought to come from the bright red berries, as red was thought to be the best colour for fighting evil.