Rowan (Sorbus aucuparia)

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Port Erin, Isle of Man

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Also known as Mountain Ash, this tree is common all over the island. The rowan tree is often associated with folklore and magic, especially as a protective ward against evil spirits and witchcraft.

It is a Manx tradition to make crosses from rowan twigs, known as a “Crosh Cuirn”. This tradition may actually have Norse origins and represent Thor’s hammer.

The distinctive red berries of the rowan tree are easily spotted in the autumn. While bitter, they can be made into jelly and can also be used in wine and other drinks.

The Manx name for the rowan tree is “Billey keirn”.

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