Sorbus aucuparia is also known as the Sorbus rehderiana, Pyrus aucuparia, Rowan, Mountain Ash, Quickbeam, Amur Mountain Ash, European Mountain Ash, Ranty, Rowanberry, Rantry, or Roan. It is part of the Rosaceae family of plants. Sorbus aucuparia is a deciduous tree or shrub. It is native to Europe and Asia. Sorbus aucuparia usually has a slender trunk and a smooth bark. Sorbus aucuparia can grow to 15m or 50ft tall.
Sorbus aucuparia foliage is pinnate, and bright green, the leaves turn yellow in autumn and red in dry climates. The young leaves smell like marzipan. It flowers in late spring in May and June with dense corymbs or clusters of creamy white flowers. Sorbus aucuparia flowers are followed by red berries or pomes in early autumn. The berries attract birds who feed on it. The fruits have also been used in the food and traditional medicine. The fruit is bitter and has been used as astringent and laxative, it contains vitamin C. It should not be consumed in large quantities as it could be toxic.
Plant Sorbus aucuparia in the sun or partial shade in humus-rich and fertile soil. Propagate by seed, grafting, or softwood cuttings. It is pollinated by birds and bees. Watch out for aphids, sawflies and blister mites as well as canker, silver leaf, or fireblight. It is frost hardy and easy to maintain. Sorbus aucuparia is used in woodworking. Sorbus aucuparia has been used in European coats of arms both in Germany and the Czech Republic.