Showy mountain-ash (Sorbus decora)

Showy mountain-ash leaves

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Small tree, similar to American mountain ash, height sometimes 20' to 30' with a diameter of 4" to 12"; open, rounded crown.


Smooth, gray brown.


Alternate on stem, length 6" to 8", pinnately compound with 11 to 15 leaflets that are 1-1/4" to 2-3/4" long, more than one-third as wide; bluish green, yellow in autumn.

Fruit (seed)

Bright red-orange rounded berry; diameter about 3/8" to 1/2".


Northeastern Minnesota and scattered interior locations; moderately shade intolerant, slow growing.

Wood uses

Light, soft, and weak; has no commercial value except for ornamental purposes.

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