Hansen's Northwest Native Plant Database

Sorbus scopulina (Dwarf Mountain Ash)


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 Sorbus L. mountain ash


 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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