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Sorbus scopulina

Western Mountain Ash
Rosaceae
Deciduous, Shrubs, Trees, Decorative fruit or berries

SORBUS

These natives of mountainous areas are valued for their showy flowers and showier fruit. Blossoms are grouped in broad, flat clusters that are scattered over the foliage canopy in spring; they develop into hanging clusters of small, berrylike fruit that colors up in late summer or early fall. Most species have red or orange-red fruit, but white, pink, and golden forms are occasionally available. Birds feed on the fruit, but usually not until after the leaves have fallen. Foliage is typically finely cut and somewhat fernlike, though some less widely planted species have undivided leaves. Some mountain ashes have good fall color. Plants need good, well-drained soil and some winter chill. Cankers are a problem for trees under stress. Watch for fireblight. Good small garden or street trees, though the fruit can make a mess on paved surfaces.

Sorbus scopulina

Shrub or tree, native to western North America. Grows to 3–15 ft. tall and wide, often with reddish bark. Leaves are to 2 1/2 in. long, with up to 15 deeply toothed leaflets; shiny dark green above, paler beneath. Orange-red fall color. Orange to bright red fruit.

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