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Mountain Ash

Sorbus aucuparia

Plant Data

Order:
Rosales
Family:
Rosaceae (Rose)
Flowering Months:
JAN  FEB  MAR  APR  MAY  JUN  JUL  AUG  SEP  OCT  NOV  DEC
Flowers:
White with cream-coloured anthers.
Fruit:
Tight clusters of red berries.
Leaves:
Deciduous. Similar to Common Ash leaves. Pinnate with toothed leaflets.
Maximum Size:
18 meters tall.
Foraging Notes:
Berries are edible when cooked and poisonous when raw. The poisonous component is parasorbic acid which breaks down and turns into sorbic acid when cooked.
Never consume a wild plant unless you are 100% certain that it is safe to eat and you know that you have identified it correctly.
Aroma:
Sweet-scented flowers.
Other Names:
Cuirn (in Manx language), Rowan, Witch Wiggin Tree.
Habitats:
Gardens, heathland, moorland, mountains, parkland, rocks, towns, woodland.