As the name might suggest, this is a beautiful tree of northern slopes, lakeshores and woodlands. Produces large, striking bunches of tiny white flowers (May-June) which then turn to glorious bunches of bright red berries which mature in late summer and persist through the winter (until eaten by birds, usually). Leaves are compound and showy. Tolerant of very cold winters, but intolerant of hot, humid summers (generally struggles further south than zone 6) and drought. Berries provide food for songbirds and small mammals, but are poisonous to humans. Mountain Ash is not closely related to ash trees (Fraxinus sp.) and is not at risk from Emerald Ash Borer.
15-50 foot tall
Plant Hardiness Zones: 2b-6a
Woody Shrub or Tree
Native Range: ME south to OH, west to IA, north to MN. Native to Canada in SK, MB, ON, QC, NL, NB, PE, and NS. Rare in VT, MA, PA, OH and IA.)
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