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Sorbus aucuparia (European Mountain Ash)

European Mountain Ash, Rowan, Mountain Ash, Quickbeam, European Mountain Ash, Ranty, Rantry, Roan, Rowanberry


Sorbus aucuparia (European Mountain Ash) is an upright deciduous tree of erect and oval habit in youth, usually rounding and opening with age. The elegant foliage of pinnate, uniformly serrated, dark green leaves, 2.5 in. long (6 cm), warms up to yellow, red, and reddish purple in the fall, before falling to the ground, revealing the smooth, shiny, gray-brown bark becoming slightly roughened with age. In late spring, a profusion of tiny white flowers held in flat-topped clusters are produced. They are quickly followed by abundant clusters of showy, bright orange-red berries in late summer. The berries provide a welcomed feast for various types of weary, migrating birds and seldom last very long. Attractive in form, elegant in flower, colorful in fruit and foliage, Sorbus aucuparia stars in almost every season of the year.

  • Grows up to 20-40 ft. in height (6-12 m) and 8-20 ft. in spread (2-6 m).
  • A full sun lover, this tree is easily grown in acidic, moist, well-drained soils.
  • Propagate by seed, softwood cuttings or grafting
  • No routine pruning necessary. Remove diseased, damaged, congested or crossing shoots.
  • Keep an eye out for aphids, blister mites, sawflies, silver leaf, honey fungus, fireblight.
  • Native to Europe, Western Asia, Siberia.
  • Find where this species is invasive in the United States.
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Requirements

Hardiness 3 – 6
Heat Zones 1 – 7
Climate Zones 1, 1A, 1B, 2, 2A, 2B, 3, 3A, 3B, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 14, 15, 16, 17
Plant Type Trees
Plant Family Sorbus - Mountain Ash
Exposure Full Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Late)
Summer (Early,Mid,Late)
Fall
Height 20' – 40' (6m – 12m)
Spread 8' – 20' (240cm – 6m)
Water Needs Average
Maintenance Average
Soil Type Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Neutral
Soil Drainage Well-Drained
Characteristics Showy, Fruit & Berries
Native Plants United Kingdom
Attracts Birds
Garden Styles Prairie and Meadow

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While every effort has been made to describe these plants accurately, please keep in mind that height, bloom time, and color may differ in various climates. The description of these plants has been written based on numerous outside resources.


Requirements

Hardiness 3 – 6
Heat Zones 1 – 7
Climate Zones 1, 1A, 1B, 2, 2A, 2B, 3, 3A, 3B, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 14, 15, 16, 17
Plant Type Trees
Plant Family Sorbus - Mountain Ash
Exposure Full Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Late)
Summer (Early,Mid,Late)
Fall
Height 20' – 40' (6m – 12m)
Spread 8' – 20' (240cm – 6m)
Water Needs Average
Maintenance Average
Soil Type Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Neutral
Soil Drainage Well-Drained
Characteristics Showy, Fruit & Berries
Native Plants United Kingdom
Attracts Birds
Garden Styles Prairie and Meadow

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