Plant ID forum: Common Mountain Ash (Sorbus aucuparia); tree with berries

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Name: Reid
North Branch, MN (Zone 4b)
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May 2, 2015 6:48 AM CST
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Name: Sue
Ontario, Canada (Zone 4a)
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May 2, 2015 7:03 AM CST
Mountain ash of some kind?

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May 2, 2015 1:25 PM CST
Sorbus, probably americana I tip my hat to you.
Name: Rick R.
near Minneapolis, MN zone 4a
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May 2, 2015 4:13 PM CST
More likely Sorbus aucuparia, European Mountain ash. S. americana (and S. decora) don't grow wild this far south in Minnesota, and they don't make good yard trees due to their dislike of heat and their susceptibility to certain diseases because of that. S. aucuparia can make a good yard tree, are available at nurseries (S. americana, not likely) and have been used in landscape plantings for over 50 years in Minnesota. Berries of our Minnesota natives Mountain ashes are usually devoured by wildlife here. Sorbus aucuparia, not so much. Your leaflets also look more oval, that points to aucuparia, rather than the narrower, more straight sided leaflets of americana and decora. Sorbus americana berries (when fresh) are translucent. S. aucuparia berries are much more opaque.

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