Sorbus aucuparia (Rowan)
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Also known as: Mountain Ash, European Mountain Ash
Native: Europe including Britain, North Africa and Asia Minor
Location: Popular in gardens, parks and streets, and widely planted in North America.
Once planted by houses in the Scottish highlands as a protection against witchcraft. The wood is hard and useful for small items such as tool handles and spinning wheels and the berries, rich in vitamin C, make a delicious jelly and have also been used in herbal remedies.
Leaves have 9-15 leaflets, untoothed at their bases, smaller than American Mountain Ash (Sorbus americana). Leaf buds are long, slender, dark purple and hairy.
Flowers open in May in clusters about 10-15cm across.
Fruits ripen from green in September and are quickly eaten by birds.