Mountain Ash (European)

Characteristics

Height and Spread European Mountain Ash can grow 9 metres or more in height and may have a crown width of 4 to 6 metres.

Hardiness Zone 3

Preferred growing conditions Grows best under full sun. Needs to be watered during droughts but cannot live in water-logged soils. Sunscald may occur on young or thin-barked trees.

Form European Mountain Ash are a small to medium-sized trees that are oval or spherical in shape when mature.

Flower/seeds Creamy-white individual flowers that grow upright from a single stem.

Leaf 9 – 15 dull, dark green serrated leaflets group to form a single “leaf” that may be 8 to 16 centimetres in length. Leaves turn red in fall.

Bark/wood Older bark appears to have a coppery-brown sheen.

Fruit Small clusters of bright orange-red berries appear in the fall. Can be used for jams and jellies.

Pruning Prune to keep shape and remove damaged limbs. Sterilize pruning saws and shears with methanol (gasline anti-freeze) between cuts and between trees.

Problems (Disease/Insects)

Fireblight, canker, aphids, scales, sunscald on young or thin-barked trees.