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Tree of the Week

Mountainash in Full Bloom

Mountainash

Sorbus aucuparia--European Mountain Ash 

Hardiness Zones: 3 to 6 
Height: 30 ft
Spread: 20 ft Form: oval 
Type: deciduous tree 
Annual Growth Rate: 12 to 18 inches 
Flowers: white, late spring 
Fruit: orange 

Comments: European Mountain Ash has a rapid growth rate at first but slows down with age, leaving it a medium-sized shade tree. The tree has no particular soil preference and can be susceptible to several serious pests. The abundant white flowers appear in the spring after the leaves. The fruits are orange-red but cultivars have fruits of other colors, both colors provide a striking burst of summer color. The fall color is red. The MountainAsh is not a true ash (Fraxinus species) so is not affected by the Emerald Ash Borer.

Cardinal Royal Mountainash Fruit Mountainash flowers closeup


Cultivars: 
'Michred' (Cardinal Royal(R))(PP3114) - A Michigan State University selection that produces red rather than orange berries. 


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