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Sorbus americana Marshall. American Mountain-Ash, American Rowan, Roundwood, Missy-Moosy, Dogberry. Phen: Jun-Jul; Sep-Oct (persisting well into winter). Hab: High elevation forests, balds, and high elevation rock outcrops, often with Picea, Abies, and/or Betula alleghaniensis. Dist: NL (Newfoundland) west to MN, south to PA, w. NC, e. TN, ne. GA, and n. IL

ID notes: This small-to-medium tree is showy in most seasons; in the summer its creamy-white corymbs are attractive, the leaves turn a bright orange-red in fall, and the red berries persist well into winter.

Origin/Endemic status: Native

Synonymy: = C, FNA9, G, Il, K1, K3, K4, Mi, NE, NY, Pa, RAB, S, S13, Tn, W, Jones (1939), McAllister (2005); = Pyrus americana (Marshall) DC. – F, WV

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Wetland Indicator Status:

  • Eastern Mountains and Piedmont: FACU
  • Midwest: FAC
  • Northcentral & Northeast: FAC

Heliophily ?: 6

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