Native & Naturalized Plants of the Carolinas & Georgia


1440

Tree
Perennial

Native to North Carolina & Georgia
Documented growing wild in GA NC -

Common in NC Mountains, rare in GA

Look for it in high elevation forests, balds, & high elevation rock outcrops, often with Picea, Abies, and/or Betula alleghaniensis, per Weakley's Flora

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full sun ...Variable

LEAVES:
Deciduous
Odd-pinnately compound: 13-17 leaflets
Alternate

FLOWER:
Summer
White
Bisexual
Radially symmetrical
5 united sepals
5 petals
15-20 stamens

FRUIT:
Summer/Fall
Red
Pome

 

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Spermatophytes (seed plants): Angiosperms (flowering plants): Eudicots: Core Eudicots: Rosids: Fabids: Rosales

WEAKLEY'S FLORA (5/21/15):
Sorbus americana   FAMILY Rosaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS NATIONAL DATABASE:
Sorbus americana   FAMILY Rosaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH VASCULAR FLORA OF THE CAROLINAS (1968) 097-19-001:
Sorbus americana   FAMILY Rosaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH Gray's Manual of Botany (Fernald, 1950)
Pyrus americana

 

COMMON NAME:
Mountain-ash, American Mountain-ash, American Rowan


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USDA-NRCS PLANTS Database / Britton, N.L., and A. Brown. 1913    pnd_soam3_001_lvd

        

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JK Marlow    jkm170224_245

February    Haywood County    NC

Pisgah National Forest: Pisgah Ranger District

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JK Marlow    jkm170224_246

February    Haywood County    NC

Pisgah National Forest: Pisgah Ranger District

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JK Marlow    jkm170224_248

February    Haywood County    NC

Pisgah National Forest: Pisgah Ranger District

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JK Marlow    jkm170224_251b

February    Haywood County    NC

Pisgah National Forest: Pisgah Ranger District

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JK Marlow    jkm090610_122

June    Transylvania County    NC

Blue Ridge Parkway

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JK Marlow    jkm090610_125

June    Transylvania County    NC

Blue Ridge Parkway

Rachis reddish, leaflets 11 to 17, per Woody Plants of the Blue Ridge.

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JK Marlow    jkm090610_134

June    Transylvania County    NC

Blue Ridge Parkway

Flowers less than 1/8" in diameter, per Native Trees of the Southeast, An Identification Guide.

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JK Marlow    jkm090610_136

June    Transylvania County    NC

Blue Ridge Parkway

Flowers borne in dense, compound, flat-topped inflorescences, per Native Trees of the Southeast, An Identification Guide.

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JK Marlow    jkm090610_139

June    Transylvania County    NC

Blue Ridge Parkway

Upper leaf surfaces dark green, lower leaf surfaces whitish, per Native Trees of the Southeast, An Identification Guide.

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JK Marlow    jkm090610_145

June    Transylvania County    NC

Blue Ridge Parkway

Leaflets are serrate, and the teeth are acuminate, per Trees of the Southeastern United States.

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JK Marlow    jkm150606_151

June    Avery County    NC

Blue Ridge Parkway

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JK Marlow    s090610_a

June    Transylvania County    NC

Blue Ridge Parkway

Leaflets opposite, more than 3x long as broad, margins toothed; red petiole, per Native Trees of the Southeast, An Identification Guide.

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JK Marlow    s090610_b

June    Transylvania County    NC

Blue Ridge Parkway

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JK Marlow    jkm0507n_04

July    Transylvania County    NC

Blue Ridge Parkway

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Richard and Teresa Ware    rtw_s_americana_braba06_7

July    Towns-Union Counties    GA

Brasstown Bald

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Richard and Teresa Ware    rtw_s_americanabrsbld06_1

July    Towns-Union Counties    GA

Brasstown Bald

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JK Marlow    s050717_a

July    Transylvania County    NC

Blue Ridge Parkway

Leaves with 11-17 long-pointed glabrous leaflets, per Woody Plants of the Blue Ridge.

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JK Marlow    jkm090913_075

September    Transylvania County    NC

Blue Ridge Parkway

Fruit an orange-red, globose or oval pome, about 1/4" in diameter, per Native Trees of the Southeast, An Identification Guide.

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Ron Lance    rwl1440_a

September-October?        

The red berries persist well into winter, per Weakley's Flora.

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Richard and Teresa Ware    rtw_s_americana_brsbald15

October    Towns-Union Counties    GA

Brasstown Bald

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Richard and Teresa Ware    rtw_sorbus_americana_2

October        

Twigs stout, grayish-brown to purplish-brown; resinous and aromatic within, per Woody Plants of the Southeastern US: A Winter Guide.

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Richard and Teresa Ware    rtw_sorbus_americana_3

October