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Growing Mountain Ash

Growing Mountain Ash

Rabina Mountain Ash

Rabina Mountain Ash item #22560

 Attractive, hardy trees with edible fruit. Not commonly grown in American gardens, improved fruiting varieties are less astringent and worthy as fruit crops. Shipova is a hybrid between Moutain Ash and Pear selected for larger fruit and is available in standard and semi-dwarf ("baby") sizes. Mountain Ash is hardy in zones 3 to 9 and is partly self-fertile, but fruits best when two varieties are planted together. Usually takes at least 3 years to begin fruiting. Full size trees generally reach 20 feet tall. Fruit is high in vitamins A and C and also contains pectin, which makes it good for making jelly and jam. Store bare root trees in a cool place out of direct sun until ready to plant. Can hydrate by soaking roots in water for 2 to 3 hours before planting. Plant outdoors in spring 4 to 8 weeks before the last frost. Loosen the soil 18 to 24 inches deep and wide enough for all roots to fit. Incorporate compost or other organic matter to loosened soil. Trim off any broken or damaged roots, and spread roots out evenly without bending. Plant slightly deeper than when grown in the nursery.


Best in full sun, but tolerates part shade. Prefers well-drained soils high in organic matter and benefits from adding organic matter to soil and from mulching. Yearly winter pruning helps maintain vigor and productivity.

Fertilizer Recommendations

Use Gromax Fertilizer Tablets 20-10-5 (51165) or full rates of Algoflash All-Purpose Liquid Fertilizer 6-6-6 (51085) or Neptune Fish & Seaweed Fertilizer 2-3-1 (51221).

Alternative Products

Other less commonly grown fruit trees include Pawpaw, Persimmons, and Quince. 

Complimentary Products

Moderate feeders, plants benefit from yearly fertilization. Bonide Fruit Tree Spray (50310) can be used to treat pest and disease problems. Use new Deer Fence Kit (52113) to protect trees from deer damage.

Product Recommendations

Use Bird-X netting to protect fruit from birds.

Mountain Ash Facts

Plants are usually not significantly affected by pests, although aphids, sawfly, scale, anthracnose, fire blight, and powdery mildew are sometimes problems. Birds will feed on the fruit. Shipova can be pollinated by Pear varieties. European Mountain Ash is also called Rowan and was considered to have protective qualities by the Celts. The fruit was also used in folk remedies. Not related to true Ash (genus Fraxinus).


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