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Tree  Mountain Ash

Mountain Ash in Berry - Photo  Copyright 2006 G. Bradley
Photo: G. Bradley

UK Safari Tip:
To help you identify different trees get the colourful fold out chart called "Tree Name Trail" from the Nature Shop - click here

Latin name: Sorbus aucuparia

Size: Can grow to a height of 20m

Distribution: Found throughout the UK.

Flowering months: May to June. The berries appear in June or July, green at first, they ripen to bright orange or red by late August.

Special features: The tree gets its name mountain ash because it can be found growing at high altitudes. It can be found at 950m - higher than any other native broadleaved tree.

The trunk has a smooth grey coloured bark. The branches are generally quite sparse allowing plenty of light to reach the ground below.

The leaf stalks, which are about 20cm long, have between five and eight pairs of leaflets and one single leaflet at the tip. Each leaflet has serrated edges.

Did You Know?
In Ireland and Scotland farmers used to nail a branch of this tree to their cattle sheds to protect the animals from witchcraft.

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