Mountain Ash

This tree has white blossoms during spring and has small clusters of red or orange during summer.

Mountain Ash (Sorbus)

Creamy white blossoms are grouped in umbrella-like clusters that are scattered over a dense foliage canopy in spring. In late summer, they develop into hanging clusters of small, red or orange, berry-like fruit. The show doesn’t stop there. In the fall, most mountain ashes develop spectacular fall colors of yellow-gold or orange-red leaves. Birds relish the berries into late fall and winter, long after leaves have dropped. Average height is 25 feet, 15 feet wide with some compact varieties. Hardy to USDA Zones 2 to 3.

How to use it: Mountain ash trees are an ideal garden or lawn tree, providing a good focal point with little trouble with suckers. Often planted as a street/sidewalk tree, but berries can make a mess in the fall.

Cultivation: Plants are easily grown in good, well-drained soil and full sun. Will tolerate damp conditions but will suffer in stressed urban settings.

Notable cultivars
S. americana. Grows to 30 feet tall and wide, forming a rounded crown. Dark green leaves with lighter undersides reach 10 inches long and consist of up to 17 leaflets. Brilliant yellow color in fall. Orange-red fruit. Hardy to Zone 1.

Next Up

Mums vs. Asters and How To Use Them in Your Landscape

Don't toss those potted mums and asters after they bloom, plant them in your yard.

Planting Spring Bulbs in Fall

Whether you want masses of spring color or collect a few heirloom bulbs to share, all are easily planted in the fall.


Currants grow on a thornless shrub that produces clusters of white and yellow flowers in the spring.

Snowdrop: Our Favorite Flowers

Brighten up your spring border with these snow-white beauties.

Ideas for Creating Spring Beds and Borders

Decorate your garden with these beautiful blooms for colorful spring flowers and foliage.

6 New Plants for Spring

Try one of these drool-worthy plant introductions in your garden next season.

How to Do Hardwood Cuttings

Late fall is the best time to start growing a new hardwood tree.

How to Design a Garden With Mums

Make your fall garden glow with jewel-colored mums.

Overwintering and Planting Fall Bloomers

Summer and spring aren't the only seasons for spectacular blooms.

Plants for Fall Color

Welcome autumn with a blaze of garden color.

1,000+ Photos

Browse beautiful photos of our favorite outdoor spaces: decks, patios, porches and more.


Fixer Upper

7am | 6c

Fixer Upper

8am | 7c

Fixer Upper

9am | 8c

Fixer Upper

10am | 9c

Fixer Upper

11am | 10c
On Tonight
On Tonight

Hawaii Life

8pm | 7c

Hawaii Life

8:30pm | 7:30c

Island Life

9pm | 8c

Island Life

9:30pm | 8:30c

Island Hunters

10:30pm | 9:30c

House Hunters

11pm | 10c

Island Life

12am | 11c

Island Life

12:30am | 11:30c

Island Hunters

1:30am | 12:30c

Hawaii Life

3am | 2c

Hawaii Life

3:30am | 2:30c

Follow Us Everywhere

Join the party! Don't miss HGTV in your favorite social media feeds.