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Planting multiple native Rowan trees (Sorbus Aucuparia)

I want to plant the native rowan tree in our garden to provide berries for birds in the autumn.

Would planting two close together (half a metre apart)
a) look good?
b) reduce the ultimate height of both trees?

Look forward to hearing your views.


  • a) I think it would still look good but not as good as a larger single tree.
    b) The trees that close together would be directly competing with each other so they should have a reduced ultimate height unless one is dominant and the other fails and dies off allowing the remaining one get to its full potential height eventually.
  • LiriodendronLiriodendron Posts: 8,210
    I'm not sure if the rowan in my photo - in my new front garden - was planted as a multi-stemmed tree, or was several saplings planted together.  I like it, anyway...  I'd plant them in the same planting hole, personally.  

    Since 2019 I've lived in east Clare, in the west of Ireland.
  • AWBAWB Posts: 421
    I too have planted bare rootRowans close together, figure in 15 years will see if there is a problem and thin if necessary 
  • I have three different types planted similar distance apart been there at least ten years with no problems.  The thrushes love them as much as I do.
  • Okay thanks everyone for your advice! I will plant them together :) Hopefully the thrushes will appreciate it in a few year's time.
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