Description: Familiar to easterners where mountain ash forms a tall tree, in the Rockies, itís usually limited to around 1 m. It has compound leaves with 7-13 coarsely toothed leaflets. The bark is dark brown in colour. The flowers are usually only 1/2 cm across, but appear as part of a dense cluster at the end of twigs. They are later replaced by bright bunches of red berries which may remain on the tree throughout the winter. The berries are popular with waxwings and other fruit eating birds. Distinguish between our two varieties by the size of their leaves. Western mountain ash has larger leaflets. It may also have up to 13 leaflets where the sitka mountain ash usually is limited to 11.
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