European Mountain-ash

Botanical name: Sorbus aucuparia
Family: Rosaceae (rose)

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European Mountainash - Sorbus aucuparia - Leaflets and Bark

A.K.A. rowan tree

  • Deciduous
  • Reaches a mature height of about 35′-45′
  • Crown is round to oval 15-30′ wide
  • Small to medium size tree
  • Trunk diameter (often multi-branched) 12″-14″ with smooth grey bark that has horizontal lines going around the circumference
  • Alternate bud arrangement
  • Has a terminal bud
  • Pinnately compound, leaf 7″-9″ long with 9-15 serrate leaflets that are 1″-2.5″ long
  • Snowy white flowers appear in the springtime (May)
  • Clusters of small .75″ edible, red fruits that have seeds inside (can be eaten raw, cooked or made into jam)
  • Full sun
  • Prefers cooler climates with slightly acidic, moist, well drained soil but adapts to a variety of other conditions
  • Common problems are bores, aphids, cankers, sawflies, scales and fire blight
  • Zones 3