The rowan tree was thought to be a magical tree. In England it was said that this was the tree that the devil hanged his mother. It was carried on vessels to avoid storms and kept in houses to protect against lightening. It was planted on graves to keep the deceased from haunting. It was used to protect cattle by added sprigs to their sheds. In Newfoundland folklore states that a large crop of roman berries means that it will be a difficult winter. In Sweden a pale rowan tree was a sign of illness in the winter. In the British Isles it was thought to protect against enchantments and witchcraft.

In Greek mythology the goddess of youth, *********, lost her magical chalice to demons. A eagle was sent to recover it. From the feathers and blood he lost during the fight the roman tree sprung. In Norse mythology it is the tree from which the first women was made.