European Mountain Ash

Sorbus Aucuparia
(Rowan-tree)

The bright red berries which mature in spring and persist on the tree into winter make this a popular ornamental. It is a fast-growing but short-lived small tree which looks good against blank walls where its slender trunk and branches which curve up can be best appreciated. In European folklore, rowans were planted near cottages and churches to keep the evil spirits away. Milkmaids wore charms made of rowan wood to keep the spirits away so the cows would not go dry and the milk would churn into butter.