Flowers: May – June; clusters of white flowers
Fruits: Clusters of red berries with orange pulp withinTwigs & bark: Twig brown; bark grey and smooth
Mountainous areas, rocky places, hedgerows, stream-sides, avoids calcareous soils
Widespread and common.
Records submitted to Data Centre in 2022
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A native of most of Europe. In the Mediterranean region it is confined to high altitudes in mountains. The juice within the berries has a laxative effect, which aids in seed dispersal when eaten by birds. The berries were used for cloth dye, jellies and flavour for mead by our Irish ancestors. The Celtic druids considered the Mountain Ash a lucky tree, who believed it contained magical fire prevention properties when hung in house. Tolerant of poor soils and is a good colonizer. The berries provide a food source for birds, particularly mistle thrushes who are known to guard trees