Meet the trees: Rowan

Meet the trees: Rowan

Ah, the mighty Rowan tree, a symbol of protection, magic, and survival. Native to the UK and Ireland, this tree is also known as the "mountain ash" because it thrives in harsh, mountainous conditions.

But don't let its diminutive size fool you. Rowan trees pack a punch when it comes to biodiversity. From birds to insects, mammals to lichen, there's hardly a creature that doesn't benefit from this tree. The Rowan's leaves and berries are a source of food for many animals, and its branches provide shelter and nesting sites.

But that's not all. Rowan trees also absorb carbon dioxide from the air, making them vital players in the fight against climate change. So next time you're feeling down about the state of the planet, just remember that Rowan trees are out there doing their part.

And let's not forget the folklore surrounding Rowan trees. In Scotland, it was believed that the Rowan could protect against witches and evil spirits. Even today, many people still plant Rowan trees near their homes for protection and good luck.

So if you want to bring a little magic and biodiversity to your garden, consider planting a Rowan tree. Who knows, maybe it'll even ward off any pesky witches that come your way.

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