ph: 231-464-5809


American Mountain Ash (Sorbus americana)

10 days

Latin: Sorbus americana

Other common names: mountain ash, small-fruited mountain-ash

Mature Height: 30 ft

Soil / Climate: American Mtn Ash is native to northern North America and Eastern Canada. Grows in dry rocky areas, to moist rich woods.  Prefers full sun. Zones 3-7

Notes: Grayish, yellow-brown smooth bark.  Long, compound leaves with sharp toothed edges.  Leaves turn orange-red in autumn.  Flowers are white or pink.  Berries are orange-red and 1/4 inch in diameter.  Buds are shiny, in contrast with the European version's pubescent buds.The fruit ripens in October and remains on the tree all winter.

Wildlife: Fruit is a favorite food of the ruffed grouse, the red-headed woodpecker, gray catbird, robin, bluebird, sharp-tailed grouse, blue grouse, American robins, other thrushes, waxwings, jays, and oriole. The berries are also eaten by numerous small mammals such as squirrels and rodents. It is also preferred browse for moose and white-tailed deer. Moose will eat foliage, twigs, and bark.

Cold Stream Farm supplies American Mountain Ash trees which are grown as bare root seedlings and transplants and sold both wholesale and retail with no minimum order.

Additional information on Sorbus americana can be found on the link: USDA / NRCS PLANTS Database.