One of the most beautiful landscape trees of the fall and winter season is the Minnesota native Showy Mountain Ash. Every August, large clusters of brilliant orange/red berries on Showy Mountain Ash color up, providing a wonderful splash of color that is a prelude to the fall color extravaganza of leaves turning yellow, orange and red.
I’m happy to note that Showy Mountain Ash is not really an ash tree, and therefore is not at all vulnerable to attack by the Emerald ASh Borer insects now gradually becoming established in Minnesota. Ash trees that are at great risk from the Emerald Ash Borer are members of the Fraxinus genus of trees. Showy Mountain Ash are members of the Sorbus genus of trees and are not a target of the incredibly destructive Emerald Ash Borer.
If you want first rate brilliant red color in your landscape throughout the fall and much of the winter, give Minnesota’ native Showy Mountain Ash (Sorbus Decorah) a try. The medium sized tree matures to a size of about 25′ tall x 20′ wide. It prefers well drained sunny areas, although it can tolerate partial shade. We have Showy Mtn. Ash in stock for you to see for yourself the amazing display of luscious red berries.