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Pyramidal Mountain Ash

Sorbus aucuparia 'Fastigiata'

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Pyramidal Mountain Ash (Sorbus aucuparia 'Fastigiata') at Green Haven Garden Centre

Pyramidal Mountain Ash fruit

Pyramidal Mountain Ash fruit

(Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)

Pyramidal Mountain Ash (Sorbus aucuparia 'Fastigiata') at Green Haven Garden Centre

Pyramidal Mountain Ash in fall

Pyramidal Mountain Ash in fall

(Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)

Height:  20 feet

Spread:  7 feet

Sunlight:  full sun 

Hardiness Zone:  3

Other Names:  Rowan, Rowan Tree

Description:

A narrow, columnar accent tree with clusters of white flowers in spring followed by red berries into winter; attractive compound leaves turn red in fall; ideal as a vertical accent in the landscape, broadens with age; needs well drained soil

Ornamental Features

Pyramidal Mountain Ash features showy clusters of white flowers held atop the branches in mid spring. The orange fruits are held in abundance in spectacular clusters from early fall to late winter. It has dark green foliage throughout the season. The oval compound leaves turn an outstanding orange in the fall. The smooth olive green bark adds an interesting dimension to the landscape.

Landscape Attributes

Pyramidal Mountain Ash is a deciduous tree with a narrowly upright and columnar growth habit. Its relatively fine texture sets it apart from other landscape plants with less refined foliage.

This tree will require occasional maintenance and upkeep, and usually looks its best without pruning, although it will tolerate pruning. It is a good choice for attracting birds to your yard. Gardeners should be aware of the following characteristic(s) that may warrant special consideration;

  • Disease

Pyramidal Mountain Ash is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • Accent
  • Vertical Accent

Planting & Growing

Pyramidal Mountain Ash will grow to be about 20 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 7 feet. It has a low canopy with a typical clearance of 3 feet from the ground, and is suitable for planting under power lines. It grows at a medium rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for 50 years or more.

This tree should only be grown in full sunlight. It is very adaptable to both dry and moist locations, and should do just fine under average home landscape conditions. It is not particular as to soil type or pH. It is highly tolerant of urban pollution and will even thrive in inner city environments. This is a selected variety of a species not originally from North America.

 
 
Hardiness Zone Plant Height Minimum Sunlight
Characteristics
Accent  Articulation 
Applications
Flowers  Fruit  Fall Color  Plant Form  Bark  Winter Value  Attracts Wildlife 
Ornamental Features