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NC Native Plant Society:
Plant Details

Sorbus americana

Mountain-ash, Mountain Ash, American Rowan, American Mountain-ash

Scientific Name:

Sorbus americana

Genus:

Sorbus

Species Epithet:

americana

Common Name:

Mountain-ash, Mountain Ash, American Rowan, American Mountain-ash

Plant Type

Tree/Shrub

Life Cycle

Perennial

Plant Family

Rosaceae (Rose Family)

Native/Alien:

NC Native

Invasive Status:

(*Key)

Size:

12-36 ft.

Bloom Color(s):

White

Light:

Sun - 6 or more hours of sun per day, Part Shade - 2 to 6 hours of sun per day

Soil Moisture:

Moist

Bloom Time:

June, July

Growing Area:

Mountains

Habitat Description:

High elevation forests, balds, and high elevation rock outcrops, often with Picea, Abies, and/or Betula alleghaniensis. Common above 4000’ elevation; scarce below that.

Leaf Arrangement:

Alternate

Leaf Retention:

Deciduous

Leaf Type:

Leaves veined, not needle-like or scale-like

Leaf Form:

Compound

Life Cycle:

Perennial

Wildlife Value:

Important for Wildlife

Landscape Value:

Suitable for home landscapes

State Rank:

S3: Vulnerable (*Key)

Global Rank:

G5 - Secure (*Key)

Notes:

Bright red fruits and red-orange foliage in the fall. The compound leaves, with toothed leaflets, resemble ash leaves, but unlike ash the leaves are alternate, not opposite.
Mountain-ash reaches the southern limits of its range in the southern Appalachians.

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Links:

USDA PLANTS Database Record

https://auth1.dpr.ncparks.gov/flora/plant_list.php

https://nc.audubon.org/conservation/bird-friendly-communities/bird-friendly-native-plants

https://plants.ces.ncsu.edu/plants/sorbus-americana/

https://gobotany.nativeplanttrust.org/species/sorbus/americana/



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