Long a landscape favorite, mountain ash is an upright tree growing 25 - 40 feet high with a rounded open crown. In late spring it covers itself with clusters of delicate white flowers. The real show, however, starts in late summer when the flowers mature into spectacular clusters of bright orange-red berries. Dull green pinnately compound leaves are composed of 7 to 13 leaflets. This feathery foliage and flamboyant fruit give this beauty an almost tropical dazzle. While the leaves provide little color in the fall, they turn reddish brown and quickly drop, the pea-sized berries persist in a display of color that lasts into winter.
Native to most Europe and western Asia. Mountain ash is now a popular landscape item in cooler climates all over North America.
Provide rich well drained soil with good moisture. Light: Mountain ash likes bright sunny conditions. Moisture: Needs adequate moisture. Water during dry periods. Hardiness: USDA Zones 2 - 7. Does best in northern ranges. Suceptible to pests and disease in hot humid climates. Propagation: Propagate by seed - it may take a year or more to germinate. The selected varieties are grafted onto roostock from the species.
As a highlight set in a broad expanse of lawn there is nothing prettier. If you live in a cool mountainous area you need at least one of these beauties to complement the blue summer sky. Use them in groves and near the water where the color show can be reflected to double your viewing pleasure!
Flowers in spring and huge bunches of brightly colored berries have made the mountain ash a garden favorite. Cultivars and hybrids provide plants of various sizes, shapes, and berry color.
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