February 4, 2023
Sorbus aucuparia

Sorbus aucuparia

Sorbus aucuparia is also known as the Sorbus rehderiana, Pyrus aucuparia, Rowan, Mountain Ash, Quickbeam, Amur Mountain Ash, European Mountain Ash, Ranty, Rowanberry, Rantry, or Roan. It is part of the Rosaceae family of plants. Sorbus aucuparia is a deciduous tree or shrub. It is native to Europe and Asia.

Sorbus aucuparia has a slender trunk and a smooth bark. Sorbus aucuparia grows to 15m or 50ft tall. Sorbus aucuparia foliage is pinnate and bright green. The leaves turn yellow in autumn. They turn red in dry climates. The young leaves smell like marzipan.

Sorbus aucuparia
Sorbus aucuparia

Sorbus aucuparia flowers in late spring. Usually, in May and June. The inflorescence is dense corymbs or clusters of creamy white flowers. Sorbus aucuparia flowers are followed by red berries or pomes, in early autumn. The berries attract birds who feed on them.

The Sorbus aucuparia fruits have also been used in the food and traditional medicine. The fruit is bitter and has been used as astringent and laxative, it contains vitamin C. It should not be consumed in large quantities as it could be toxic.

How to grow Sorbus aucuparia:

Grow Sorbus aucuparia in the sun or partial shade. Plant it in humus-rich and fertile soil. Propagate Sorbus aucuparia by seed, grafting, or softwood cuttings. Sorbus aucuparia is pollinated by birds and bees. Watch out for aphids, sawflies, and blister mites as well as canker, silver leaf, or fireblight. Sorbus aucuparia is frost hardy and easy to maintain.

Sorbus aucuparia is used in woodworking. Sorbus aucuparia has been used in European coats of arms both in Germany and the Czech Republic.

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