Rowan Sorbus aucuparia
Although often found as a tree in gardens and cities, in the wild rowan prefers hilly places with a slightly acidic soil. Growing to 15-20m, the tree has leaves similar to those of roses and compact ball-like clusters of creamy flowers, followed by bright red berries in the autumn.
Crab Apples Malus sylvestris
The ‘ancestors’ of our cultivated apple varieties, crab apples, like rowan, are sometimes grown
as an ornamental tree in cities and gardens, but have no specific habitat elsewhere. Keep your eyes peeled as it’s often the little apples on the ground that tell you there’s a tree nearby.