Hansen's Northwest Native Plant Database


Sorbus scopulina (Dwarf Mountain Ash)

Kingdom

 Plantae Plants

Subkingdom

 Tracheobionta Vascular plants

Superdivision

 Spermatophyta Seed plants

Division

 Magnoliophyta Flowering plants

Class

 Magnoliopsida Dicotyledons

Subclass

 Rosidae

Order

 Rosales

Family

 Rosaceae Rose family

Genus

 Sorbus L. mountain ash

Species

 Sorbus scopulina Greene Greene's mountain ash

An attractive multi-stemmed deciduous shrub, this native is a logical alternative to the European Mountain Ash (S. aucuparia), which can become invasive.

Reaching 6-12, this shrub has handsome foliage the deep green leaflets are neatly arranged, and turn orange-red in the fall.

Attractive orange berries that lure the birds, most notably the beautiful waxwings and grosbeaks, follow the clusters of creamy flowers.

This species grows in the interior from Alaska to New Mexico and east to the Dakotas, being hardy from USDA zones 3-10.

It will adapt to dryer areas but prefers a moist site.

 

Photo above, right, from the U.S. Forest Service.

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