Sorbus spp.

ROSACEAE, The Rose family

Mountain Ash

Wonderful rowan. My favorite of these pretty, rugged trees is the Sitka mountain ash, which grows at high elevations. This resilient species is sometimes found in the form of a shrub or krumholtz when it grows in harsh conditions near the tree line. But despite adversity it blooms clusters of white flowers in late spring that draw bees, flies and other pollinators. In autumn it feeds birds and chipmunks with orange berries and its leaves turn a flaming red.

About Mulysa

I love my work as a landscape designer and artist. When I'm not planning homesteads or working in the studio, you'll find me hiking, photographing, gardening, baking, cooking vegetarian meals with friends, reading and working on sustainability issues...with my baby on my hip in Portland, Oregon.
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