Flora of the Southeastern United States
2022 Edition

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ROSACEAE

Sorbus americana Marshall. American Mountain-Ash, American Rowan. 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

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

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