Mountain Ash Tree

Facts About the Mountain Ash Tree

The Mountain Ash tree is a popular choice for landscaping for many reasons. Due to the fact that it is smaller than some other trees, it makes a good choice for use in an area where a lot of height would be a hindrance, such as by blocking a view.

Another reason that the tree is so popular is that it is beautiful for many months out of the year. While the white flowers only last a few weeks in the spring, those blooms are followed by bright orange berries that last quite a while.

The leaves, which are a dark green in the summer months change color during the fall. While they do not provide the blast of colors that some other trees display, the leaves do turn yellow, giving it an interesting appeal.

When planting a Mountain Ash tree, it is of the utmost importance to find a spot where the tree will get full sunlight. This tree will not do well in the shade. Unlike some trees that need their own space, the Mountain Ash tree will actually thrive when placed near other trees and plants.

While being in too close proximity to other plants causes some trees to become malnourished, this tree will actually produce even more fruit when planted near other Mountain Ash trees.

You will need to water frequently, but only during periods when rainfall has been slight. You can help the Mountain Ash tree retain some of its moisture by surrounding it with mulch. You should also choose a soil that drains well and has some acidity to it, but not too much.

The tree is rather slow growing, and will eventually reach a height of between ten and thirty feet. The Mountain Ash tree is a draw for birds that enjoy eating the berries produced by the tree. The berries are edible and are used to make tasty jellies in some parts of the world (where the berries are often called Rowan berries).

If you know how to make jelly, you can easily do so with the berries from the Mountain Ash tree, but you may need to have more than one tree in order to be able to collect enough berries and still leave plenty to share with the birds.

The Mountain Ash tree is very much affected by many pests. For that reason proper prevention and treatment is a must. It is also the reason that the tree tends to do a bit better in climates that have a cooler summer. 

The tree is also prone to some diseases. One of the most common to affect Mountain Ash trees is fire blight. When fire blight has taken hold of your tree, you will notice that many of the branches will quickly turn a brown color while the rest of the tree appears unchanged. Do not ignore these signs. If you act in time, you will be able to save the tree by removing the damaged parts of the tree in order to stop the fire blight from spreading.

The Mountain Ash tree is a lovely, low-maintenance to your landscaping. Stop by your local nursery and discuss adding one or more to your yard.



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