A collection of flora from the pacific wonderland.

Mountain Ash aka Rowanberry (Sorbus sitchensis)

Near Elk Meadow, Mt. Hood N.W.A., OR, 7/2012.


Technically a tree, this seems more like a shrub at higher elevations.  Its red berries (or sometimes yellow, as shown below) are a favorite of the varied thrush.

Stehekin River, North Cascades N.P., WA, 8/2012.

The Rowan (from the Nordic rune meaning ‘magic’) tree and its berries were thought by the Celts to be magical and used to ward off evil spirits.

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One response

  1. Mom

    Tara, we had a mountain ash in our back yard in Okemos – do you remember it ? It was loaded with beautiful red berries in the fall – seems like certain birds liked those berries. It was a colorful tree. We don’t see these trees in Indiana.

    August 5, 2012 at 2:31 pm

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