European Mountain Ash
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Turn your backyard into a diner for songbirds with European Mountain Ash! Robins and cedar waxwings in particular are fond of the brilliant orange berries that will grace your tree each summer and fall, though other birds will also want to get in on the action. We can think of no better way to de-stress before or after work than to sit on the deck watching the birds flit from branch to branch as they feed. Plant this pretty ornamental tree with other bird favorites like Autumn Brilliance® Serviceberry, Gray Dogwood, Flowering Dogwood, Winter King Hawthorn, and Crabapple to keep the avian restaurant open all year long.
- Hardiness Zone: 3-6
- Spacing: 20-25'
- Exposure: Full Sun
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European Mountain Ash is not an Ash at all—it only has Ash-like leaves. It’s actually in the Rose family and is more closely related to Apples, Pears, and Cherries than to Ash. This tree is native to most of Europe and has a long history in folklore there. In Scandinavian mythology, a Mountain Ash saved Thor from drowning in a river. In the U.K., where it’s called “Rowan,” this tree has long been considered a guardian of the house, able to ward off evil spirits and break witches’ spells.
A berry, berry handsome tree, indeed! And not just because of its marvelous red-orange berries that appear in late summer. You'll love the white flowers in spring that nestle like powder puffs in the dark green leaves. In the fall, the leaves provide a rich red and bronze background for the berries.
How to Grow
The cooler the summer, the happier this tree is. In New England, a European Mountain Ash may thrive for 50 to 80 years. In the South, its life will almost certainly be cut short. It is also sensitive to salty or wet soils. In all other respects, however, Mountain Ash is a fighter, having no problem with wind, shade, drought, clay soil, sandy soil, frigid winters, or snow cover. Many songbirds love its berries, so plant this tree near a window so you can watch them feast in winter.
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Size B Trees:
8-10' tall. Grown in our #15 tree container with caliper near 1 1/2". Well developed branching and form.
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