Genus Pyrus, L. (Mountain Ash)

| View Cart ⇗ | Info

Leaves - compound (odd-feathered; leaflets, nine to fifteen); alternate (often alternate in threes); edge of leaflets finely and sharply toothed. Outline - of leaflet, long and narrow egg-shape. Apex, taper-pointed. Base - rounded and slightly pointed. Leaflet/Stem - lacking, or very short. Leaf - eight to twelve inches long. Leaflet - two to three and one half inches long; surfaces smooth. Bark - of the trunk, reddish-brown and rather smooth. Flowers - small and white, in large, flat clusters, over the surface of the tree - fifty to one hundred or more flowers in a cluster. May, June. Fruit - very ornamental, about the size of peas, scarlet, in large, flat clusters, ripening in autumn and remaining into the winter. Found - from Labrador and Newfoundland through the Northern States and southward along the Alleghany Mountains. Its finest growth is on the northern shores of Lake Huron and Lake Superior. General Information - A slender, somewhat pyramid-shaped, tree, ten to thirty feet high, much and justly prized as one of the best of the native trees for ornamental planting. Its bark and the unripe fruit are very astringent, and are sometimes used medicinally. A slightly different species (P. sambucilolia) is sometimes found in cold swamps and on the borders of streams along the Northern frontier. The Mountain Ash or “Rowan Tree” has for a long time been renowned as a safeguard against witches and all evil spirits. A mere twig of it suffices. “Rowen-tree and red thread Put the witches to their speed.” “The spells were vain, the hag returned To the queen in sorrowful mood, Crying that witches have no power Where there is row’n-tree wood.”


Trees: I-N


Newhall, Charles S. The Trees of North-Eastern America (New York: The Knickerbocker Press, 1900) 201


TIFF (full resolution)

1439×2400, 351.5 KiB

Large GIF

613×1024, 66.8 KiB

Medium GIF

383×640, 35.3 KiB

Small GIF

191×320, 12.8 KiB