Mountain ash 'Lombarts Golden Wonder' Sorbus 'Lombarts Golden Wonder'

☠ Toxic to humans
🐾 Toxic to pets
🌸 Blooming
🍪 Edible
‍🌱 Easy-care
mountain ash 'Lombarts Golden Wonder'


'Lombart's Golden Wonder' is an upright, bushy tree with abroadly pyramidalcrown. Large, bluish-green leaves have around 15 leaflets and turn red, orange in yellow in autumn. Flat heads of white flowers in mid-spring are followed by clusters of yellow berries

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About this plant

  • memoNames

    • Family


    • Synonyms

      Lombart's Golden Wonder Rowan, Golden Wonder Rowan, Lombart's Golden Wonder Mountain Ash

    • Common names

      Sorbus 'Lombarts Golden Wonder'

  • infoCharacteristics

    • Life cycle


    • Foliage type


    • Color of leaves


    • Flower color


    • Height

      13 feet (4 meters)

    • Spread

      13 feet (4 meters)

    • Plant type


    • Hardiness zones


    • Native area



  • money-bagGeneral Benefits

    • Ornamental Appeal: This plant has attractive foliage and vibrant autumn colors that enhance visual interest in gardens.
    • Wildlife Habitat: It provides food and shelter for birds and other wildlife, thanks to its berries and canopy.
    • Low Maintenance: It requires minimal upkeep once established, which is ideal for gardeners seeking low-maintenance plants.
    • Drought Tolerance: It is relatively drought-resistant, making it suitable for drier climates or water-wise landscaping.
    • Pollinator-friendly: The blooms can attract bees and other beneficial pollinators, supporting local ecosystems.
    • Tolerant of Various Soils: It can grow in a range of soil types, provided it has good drainage.
    • Adaptable to Urban Conditions: It withstands urban pollution and is often used in urban landscaping projects.
    • Compact Size: Its relatively small size makes it a good choice for smaller gardens or limited spaces.
    • Seasonal Interest: Along with its spring bloom and colorful fall foliage, it sometimes offers ornamental fruit through the winter.
    • Cultural Significance: It's often planted for its aesthetic appeal and as part of traditional landscaping designs.

  • medicalMedical Properties

    This plant is not used for medical purposes.

  • windAir-purifying Qualities

    This plant is not specifically known for air purifying qualities.

  • leavesOther Uses

    • Wildlife Habitat: Sorbus 'Lombarts Golden Wonder' can provide shelter and nesting sites for birds, creating a wildlife-friendly area in your garden.
    • Photography backdrop: The bright berries and foliage of the mountain ash make it a popular plant for garden photographers seeking a colorful background.
    • Educational tool: Schools and educational programs can use the mountain ash to teach students about plant biology, phenology, and the lifecycle of trees.
    • Seasonal decoration: Branches of the mountain ash, with their bright berries, can be used in autumn and winter floral arrangements and decorations.
    • Bonsai Specimen: The mountain ash can be cultivated as a bonsai, offering enthusiasts a chance to shape and display this tree in miniature form.
    • Craft material: The wood of Sorbus 'Lombarts Golden Wonder' can be used for various crafting projects, including carving and woodworking.
    • Fermentation experimentation: Home brewers may experiment with the berries to create unique fermented beverages, like wines or ales.
    • Dye source: Its berries can be used to create natural dyes for fabrics, offering hues of yellow, green, or pink depending on the mordant used.
    • Seasonal indicator: Gardeners may use the mountain ash fruiting and leaf changes as a natural indicator of seasonal transitions for timing gardening activities.
    • Performance prop: The striking appearance of mountain ash can be used on stage or in performance art to create a particular aesthetic or atmosphere.

Interesting Facts

  • bedFeng Shui

    The Mountain Ash is not used in Feng Shui practice.

  • aquariusZodiac Sign Compitability

    The Mountain Ash is not used in astrology practice.

  • spiralPlant Symbolism

    • Protection - The rowan tree, which Sorbus 'Lombarts Golden Wonder' is a cultivar of, has traditionally symbolized protection. In folk customs across Europe, parts of the rowan were used to ward off evil spirits or negative energies.
    • Wisdom - Rowan trees are often connected with wisdom and knowledge, due in part to their association with ancient mythologies and lore. They are thought to offer insight and guidance.
    • Life and Vitality - With its robust nature and the vibrant color of its berries, the rowan stands as a symbol of life and vitality, suggesting the endurance of life and the vibrant force of nature.
    • Magic - In Celtic mythology, the rowan is also closely associated with magic and enchantment, often deemed a tree from which magical staffs and tools are made.

Every 1-2 weeks
2500 - 10000 Lux
Not needed
Late Winter to Early Spring
As needed
  • water dropWater

    Rowan 'Lombarts Golden Wonder' prefers to be watered deeply, but it does not require frequent watering once established. Aim to provide the tree with 1 to 2 gallons of water per week during dry periods, reducing this amount during cooler or rainy seasons. Ensure that the soil around the tree is moist but not waterlogged, as good drainage is important to prevent root rot. During the first growing season, it's recommended to water the tree more regularly to help establish a strong root system. Water the soil directly at the base of the tree, avoiding getting water on the foliage to prevent fungal diseases.

  • sunLight

    Rowan 'Lombarts Golden Wonder' thrives best in full sun to partial shade. This tree should be planted in a location where it will receive at least six hours of direct sunlight each day. However, it can also tolerate some shade, especially in the hotter parts of the day. Avoid placing it in deep shade as this may stunt its growth and diminish the vibrancy of its foliage and fruit.

  • thermometerTemperature

    Rowan 'Lombarts Golden Wonder' can tolerate a wide range of temperatures, but it fares best in conditions that are neither too hot nor too cold. The tree is hardy and can withstand temperatures as low as -20°F and as high as 85°F, though the ideal range is between 50°F and 70°F for optimal growth. It's important to ensure that the tree is not exposed to sudden extreme temperature changes, particularly frosts, which can damage young foliage and fruit.

  • scissorsPruning

    Rowan 'Lombarts Golden Wonder' should be pruned to maintain a strong structure and to remove any dead, diseased, or crossing branches. Pruning is best done in the late winter or early spring when the tree is dormant and before new growth begins. This allows for better visibility of the tree's structure and reduces the chance of disease transmission. Annual pruning also encourages the production of healthy new growth and can enhance the tree’s overall appearance.

  • broomCleaning

    As needed

  • bambooSoil

    The ideal soil mix for Rowan 'Lombarts Golden Wonder' is well-drained, loamy or sandy soil enriched with organic matter. The soil pH should be slightly acidic to neutral, ranging from 6.0 to 7.0 for optimal growth and health of the tree.

  • plantRepotting

    Rowan 'Lombarts Golden Wonder' is typically grown outdoors and does not require frequent repotting. It is usually planted directly into the ground where it can thrive for many years without the need to repot.

  • water dropsHumidity & Misting

    Rowan 'Lombarts Golden Wonder' tree is adaptable to a wide range of humidity levels and does not require specific humidity conditions. It grows well in the natural outdoor environment where humidity varies.

  • pinSuitable locations

    • Indoor

      Rowan 'Lombarts Golden Wonder' is unsuitable for indoor growth due to its size.

    • Outdoor

      Plant in well-drained soil, full sun to partial shade, and water regularly.

    • Hardiness zone

      4-7 USDA

  • circleLife cycle

    The life cycle of 'Lombarts Golden Wonder', commonly known as Rowan or Mountain Ash, begins with seed germination, occurring in moist, well-drained soil with stratification to break seed dormancy. As a juvenile, the seedling develops into a young tree with a straight stem and branching habit, relying on sufficient sunlight and water to establish a robust root system. The maturation stage sees the rowan becoming a fully-grown tree, featuring pinnate leaves and, in spring to early summer, abundant clusters of creamy-white flowers that attract pollinators. Following pollination, the tree produces its characteristic orange-red berries by late summer or early autumn, which are favored by birds, aiding in seed dispersal. With the onset of cooler temperatures, the foliage often turns to vibrant autumnal hues before leaf fall, completing the annual cycle. The tree enters a period of dormancy during the winter months, conserving energy for the following growth season.

  • sproutPropogation

    • Propogation time

      Late Winter to Early Spring

    • The Rowan tree, specifically the 'Lombarts Golden Wonder', is most effectively propagated through grafting, which is particularly popular due to its ability to reproduce the exact characteristics of the parent plant. Grafting should ideally be carried out in late winter or early spring when the plant is still dormant. Scion wood, which is a piece of last year's growth, is cut to a length of 6-8 inches (15-20 cm). This scion is then grafted onto a compatible rootstock, typically from the same genus, to ensure compatibility and vigorous growth. The graft union is secured with grafting tape and allowed to heal over time, creating a new Rowan tree that is genetically identical to 'Lombarts Golden Wonder'. Proper aftercare is essential to ensure the success of the graft, including shielding the new plant from extreme weather conditions and ensuring adequate water and nutrients.