What it looks like

In May and June, the tree is covered in clusters of white flowers. Later in the summer, bunches of bright orange-red berries appear, 4 to 6 millimetres in diameter. Its leaves have 13 to 17 leaflets which are 5 to 10 centimetres long, with toothed edges.

Where it is found

The American mountain-ash is a small tree, up to 10 metres tall. It grows across Ontario, south of Hudson Bay.

Planting Tips

  • Size: 10 metres tall
  • Moisture: Prefers moist ground, but can survive in dry conditions
  • Shade: Can tolerate some shade
  • Soil: Grows in a variety of soils

Pretty flowers and leaves and bright colourful berries make the American mountain-ash a popular choice for landscaping.

The American mountain-ash prefers moist ground but can also grow in rocky and dry soil, but it will be more stunted on rocky sites.

Did you know?

Birds eat the fruit from the mountain-ash and they spread seeds, helping new trees to grow.

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