Botanical Name: Sorbus aucuparia
Common Name: European Mountain Ash  
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Water Saving Tip:

Apply as little fertilizer as possible.

If you use fertilizer make sure it stays on the landscape, and carefully water it in so there is NO runoff.

  • Anatomy

  • Culture

  • Design

Plant Type



Height Range

12-25', 25-40'


Flower Color



Flower Season



Leaf Color



Bark Color

Brown, Grey


Fruit Color

Orange, Red, Yellow


Fruit Season

Summer, Fall





High, Extra in Summer


Growth Rate



Soil Type

Clay, Loam


Soil Condition

Average, Rich, Well-drained, Moist


Soil pH

Acid, Neutral


Adverse Factors


Design Styles



Accenting Features

Fall Color, Showy Flowers


Seasonal Interest

Spring, Summer, Fall


Location Uses

Perennial Border, Shrub Border, Foundation, Patio


Special Uses

Screen, Shade Tree, Small Spaces


Attracts Wildlife


Information by: Jerry Sortomme Editor
  • Description

  • Notes

European Mountainash is a small to medium sized, deciduous tree that grows about 20 to 40 feet tall and about half as wide. It has an upright, oval form and is frequently sold as a multi-stemmed tree. Leaves are pinnately compounded, dark green above and frosty green below, with serrated margins. Autumn color is yellow to orange, sometimes with a hint of red. May flowers are rounded clusters of creamy white, and are followed by small but showy fruit that ripens to yellow, orange, or red fruit, depending on the variety, in August and September. Fruit is not edible for us but is enjoyed by birds. Bark is a light grayish brown.
Grow in well drained, loamy soils in full sun. Avoid soils that are high pH, very dry, or compacted. Not well suited for hot, dry locations, so avoid planting it where it will be surrounded by concrete or asphalt.