The American mountainash is a delightful little tree — whether in a yard, a park, or a forest setting. The showy spring flowers, vibrant clusters of berries, and amazing fall color make it a great landscape choice for the colder regions. And bird enthusiasts flock to this tree, as the berries attract many different birds.
- Boasts great fall color with orange and purple
- Displays showy white spring flowers
- Produces small red berries that are popular with wildlife
- Will be delivered at a height of 3’– 4′
The American Mountainash grows in zones 2-5
Mature Height: 10’–30′
Mature Spread: N/A–15′
Growth Rate: Slow
Sun Preference: Full Sun, Partial Shade
Soil Preference: Acidic, Clay, Loamy, Sandy, Well-drained, Wet
Wildlife Value: This tree is an important source of food for many small birds and mammals including catbirds, thrushes and waxwings. Other wildlife attracted to the tree include butterflies, bees and larger mammals such as moose. The fruit persists through winter and has been known to intoxicate birds after it ferments in a few fall frosts.
The American mountainash was first cultivated in 1811. The bark was used as an anti-malarial medicine by pioneer doctors because of its close resemblance to the quinine tree.
This tree has been referred to as a variety of different names in literature: Rowantree, rowan berry, roundwood, mountain sumac, winetree, dogberry, service tree, wild ash, quickbeam, life-of-man, Indian mozemize, missey-moosey and mose-misse.