Natural History: The Rowan tree is a widespread native of the British Isles, equally at home on healthy scrub land, mountain rocks or even supermarket car parks! Dense clusters of short-stalked white flowers appear in May and June, followed by scarlet berries in September. The attractive, feathery leaves turn red and gold in the autumn before dropping.
Medicinal Uses: The berries are a rich source of vitamin C but contain other compounds which can cause gastric irritation so it is safer to dry or cook them before eating. Historically, people have used the berries to help treat a range of inflammatory diseases from gout to arthritis.
Ancient Wisdom: The name Rowan comes from the old Norse word “runa” meaning “a charm”. Rowans were planted to protect against witchcraft and if you take a closer look at the berries you will see they are marked with the sign of the pentagram which is a symbol of protection.
Give this tree to: Anyone who enjoys bird-spotting; the rich crop of juicy berries will attract a wide variety of birds, especially finches, into the garden in the Autumn.
Rowan Tree Care & Tips: An easy-care, hardy tree that likes chalky soils but is tolerant of most sites and can be planted in open ground. Prune, in Spring, to your preferred shape once the tree has established which will take a few years.
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Fauna and Flora International’s Global Tree Project
Tree2MyDoor is currently working with Fauna and Flora International’s Global Tree Project partners to develop a “Dedicated Tree” programme that will help conserve many of the world’s most endangered tree species.
From rare Magnolias in China, to disappearing Palms in Tanzania; threatened Conifers in Vietnam and endangered Apple Trees in Kyrgyzstan, Fauna and Flora International (FFI) which has over 100 different conservation projects in over 40 different countries, is currently involved in a dozen tree conservation projects across the Globe, ranging from identifying key sites for threatened trees in southern China and Vietnam to saving threatened hardwoods in Cambodia’s Cardamom Mountains.
Already leading the field in dedicated tree programmes in the UK, Tree2MyDoor is currently involved in FFI Tree projects in Brazil, Chile and Belize. In Belize, for example, conservationists are currently investigating the sustainable management of the Honduran Rosewood (Dalbergia stevensonii); a high quality timber used in the production of musical instruments but currently under threat from local agriculture practices.
Founder Gareth Mitchell says: “ Tree2MyDoor has worked hard to support a number of conservation projects and since the company started, in 2004, we are delighted to report we’ve raised over £10,000 to support the Global Tree Campaign.”