(Sometimes called mountain ash, though not related to ash)
Species: Sorbus aucuparia
Native to: Europe (However, there are several other trees also called Rowans found in other areas of the globe)
Grows up to: 12m
Lives up to: 200 years
Description: Usually a smallish tree, Rowan has a couple of easy to recognise characteristics: Firstly, its leaves are pinnate. This means that it has pairs of leaflets on either side of a central vein. This central vein has a lone leaf pointing forward at the end of it. The leaves are also toothed. The second characteristic, is its bright red berries that appear in August after it has flowered.
Fact: The Rowan is very popular in European mythology. The Norse god Thor is supposed to have saved himself from a river created by a giant, by grabbing hold of a Rowan branch. In English folklore, the Rowan was believed to ward off witches and evil spirits.