|Oakleaf Mountain-Ash – Sorbus x thuringiaca
Mountain-ash was used extensively by Native
Americans for food & medical purposes.
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Oakleaf mountain-ash takes its common name from its leaf resemblance to those of the oaks (Quercus). The synonym "quercifolia' also reflects this superficial similarity.
The mountain ash and related species (most often the European Mountian ash, Sorbus aucuparia) are sometimes referred to in folklore as "Rowan" trees, but this use has almost disappeared from the modern lexicon. The rowans were thought by the Celts and other primitive peoples of The British Isles to have magical properties.
"Mountain ash, 1804, from rowan-tree, rountree (1548), northern English and Scottish, from a Scandinavian source (cf. O.N. reynir, Swed. Ronn "the rowan"), ultimately from the root of red, in reference to the berries. The rowan "was the tree most often credited with protective magical powers against all effects of witchcraft, not merely in Celtic areas but throughout Britain." — Oxford Dictionary of English Folklore
Oakleaf Mountain-ash is 28 years old
|American Mountain-ash was used extensively by Native Americans for various purposes (5):
2. USDA, ARS, National Genetic Resources Program. Sorbus x thuringiaca (23 October 2007)
3. USDA, ARS, National Genetic Resources Program. Mountain-ash (23 October 2007)
5. University of Michigan, Native American Ethnobotany
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