The European Mountain Ash (also known as the Rowan tree) is an ancient and beautiful tree which has countless visual and practical qualities. The most distinguishable aspect of a Mountain Ash tree is the massive clusters of bright orange berries which adorn the foliage through spring, summer, and fall. These showy orange berries are quickly noticed as they clash brightly against the tiny dark green leaves of the Mountain Ash tree. Their bright orange color is certainly beautiful but a truly unique aspect of these berries is that upon closer inspection, each berry actually has a small star imprinted upon the bottom! If you're interested in attracting a range of local birds to your landscape, there's nothing like an abundance of Mountain Ash berries to draw them in. This is also beneficial because birds typically eat so many of these berries, there's no cleanup necessary underneath the foliage! The pure white flowers of a Mountain Ash tree blossom by June in lovely large clusters, just like its famous orange berries. Although these starry bright orange berries hold a great ornamental appeal, they are also used as an ingredient in a wide variety of recipes. These berries are used to make jelly accompanying various meats, jams, wine, liqueur, and even as a coffee bean substitute!
What’s great about the European Mountain Ash?