The rowans or mountain-ashes are shrubs or trees in the genus Sorbus of the rose family. The name “mountain-ash” is due to a similarity of the rowan leaves to those of the ash tree. It is also found growing on mountain sides, which may be another reason for it’s name.
This tree has been connected to witchcraft since ancient times. It was often planted outside houses to ward off witches.
Rowan fruit are a traditional source of tannins for fixing vegetable dyes.