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Saturday, June 15, 2013

Mountain Ash- Timing a Little Off

 
The Mountain Ash is neither an ash, nor a true mountain species, although the native ones thrive in the north.

It's best known for its beautiful clusters of orange fruit in the fall. Of course, fruits follow flowers. But I didn't manage to be at this tree in time for the flowers either. They were just faded to brown. They had been white. Nevertheless, you can see the large cluster, and imagine how that turns into the fruits.

The leaves are compound (many leaflets on a common stem) like true ash.

mountain ash

In Europe, the Mountain Ash is called Rowan. It's a different species in the same genus, with white fruit.

Now I'll just have to be sure to find a picture of one in fruit this fall.

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2 comments:

Duxbury Ramblers said...

Our Rowans are in flower and some have just gone over.

Sharkbytes said...

Carol- I didn't realize before checking stuff for this post that your Rowans weren't exactly the same tree.

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