Sorbus aucuparia
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Sorbus aucuparia

European mountain ash
rowan tree

  family rosaceae 
  genus sorbus 

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Genus  Sorbus Species  aucuparia Variety  Cultivar  Common names  European mountain ash   rowan tree   rogn Family  ROSACEAE Specimen number  S12735 Data source  DyePl p68;DyePl p70;Xeri p300
Life cycle
Life form  Terrestrial Life cycle  Woody perennial Life span  5 - 20 years Annual cycle  Deciduous Stature  Tree Growth form  Various Growth habit  Not applicable Overall height  45' Overall spread   
Sunshine  Various Water  Dry Optimal soil texture  Various Acceptable soil pH  Various USDA hardiness  USDA zones 03a-10b AHS heat zones  Not classified Sunset climate zones  Not classified
Suitable for gardens  yes Nursery  Unknown Compost  no Size at acquisition  Unknown Garden location  Unknown Garden notes  The bark of Sorbus aucuparia as well as the whole plant has been used in traditional fabric dyeing. Gray and gray are common colors produced with European mountain ash (also known as rowan tree). Sorbus aucuparia is known as rogn in Norwegian. Mountain ash is used in Lapland for dyeing. It is used in dyeing wool. When dyeing with this plant, alum is used as a mordant to fix the color to the fabric. This plant can survive very cold winters with annual averages as low as -40� Fahrenheit. It does well in dry soils. This species can survive short periods of drought.
Special qualities
Tolerates drought  yes Tolerates high humidity  no Tolerates seaside conditions  no Insect resistant  no Disease resistant  no Deer resistant  no Best uses    Symbiosis  Attracts butterflies  no Attracts hummingbirds  no Autumn foliage  no Colorful berries  no Desirable qualities    Other interest    Other interest color  Other interest period   
Adverse factors
Common pests  Poisonous parts  Poisonous indications  Internal poison  no Dermatologic poison  no Livestock poison  no Mechanical injury  no Hay fever pollen    Hay fever season    Adverse qualities   
Herbal medicine
Medicinal properties  Medicinal parts  Has medicinal uses  no Do not self-administer  no Do no use if pregnant  no Legally restricted  no Toxicity precautions  Medicinal notes 
Traditional uses
Parts used  Traditional uses  Contemporary uses  Fragrance  Fragrance parts  Fragrance intensity    Fragrance category    Dye parts  Bark   Whole plant Dye color  gray,grayish-pink
Propagule  Various Pollination method    Planting style    Crop spacing    Row spacing    Cold frame  Planting period    Harvesting period    Frost tolerance    Heat requirement    Fertilizer  Typical Time to harvest 
Is edible  no Culinary uses  Nutritional value  Edible parts  Description of edible parts Flavor / texture 
Horticulture notes  Sorbus aucuparia probably originates from Norway and Lapland.
Tag needs printing  no Collection notes  Sorbus aucuparia is a woody perennial. European mountain ash (locally known in some parts as rowan tree) is deciduous in nature.

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Last reviewed November 01, 2004   


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