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Fruit Warehouse | Rowan | The name rowan was originally applied to the species Sorbus aucuparia, and is also used for other species in subgenus Sorbus Sorbus. The rowans or mountain-ashes are shrubs or small trees in the genus Sorbus of family Rosaceae.


The name "rowan" is derived from the Old Norse name for the tree, round. Rowan is one of the familiar wild trees in the British Isles, and has acquired Numerous English folk names. The Following are recorded folk names for the rowan: Delight of the eye (Luisliu), Mountain ash, Quickbane, Quickbeam, Quicken (tree), Quickenbeam, Ran tree, Roan tree, Roden-Quicken, Roden-Quicken-Royan, Round wood , Round tree, Royne tree, Rune tree, Sorb apple, Thor's helper, Whispering tree, Whitty, Wicken-tree, Wiggin, Wiggy, Wiky, Witch wood, Witchbane, Witchen, Witchen Wittern tree.

 

Rowans are mostly small deciduous trees 10-20 m tall, though a few are shrubs. The leaves are arranged alternately, and are pinnate, with (7 -) 11-35 leaflets; a terminal leaflet is always present. The flowers are borne in dense corymbs; each flower is creamy white, and 5-10 mm across with five petals. The fruit is a small pome 4-8 mm diameter, bright orange or red in most species, but pink, yellow or white in some Asian species.


Rowans are mostly small deciduous trees 10-20 m tall, though a few are shrubs. The fruit is a small pome 4-8 mm diameter, bright orange or red in most species, but pink, yellow or white in some Asian species. Rowan is used as a food plant by the larvae of some Lepidoptera species; see That Lepidoptera feed on Sorbus. While most are trees, the Dwarf Rowan Sorbus reducta is a low shrub to 50 cm tall. Several of the Asian species are cultivated as ornamental trees Widely. North American native species in this subgenus include the American mountain-ash Sorbus americana and Showy mountain-ash Sorbus decora in the east and Sitka mountain-ash Sorbus sitchensis in the west.

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