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Could you please tell me if the Rowan tree grows in Georgia? I have never heard of that particular tree. I am also trying to find a picture of it on the net. Thank you very much for your help. Gunda Perry

Backyard Expert - Cathy Nordstrum

Rowan-tree, Sorbus aucuparia, is a lovely tree with red berries that was brought to the U.S. in Colonial times. It has naturalized all along our northern tier of states and into Canada, where it is usually known as European Mountain Ash. I'm afraid Georgia would not be a suitable climate for Rowan-trees; they are among the many plants that must have a cold winter.

A word of caution, this tree has been listed on some plant lists of concern for invasive tendencies. European Mountain Ash has been listed as "aggressive" (just under "invasive") in several Canadian provinces and the state of Washington is watching it closely. The Pacific Northwest Exotic Pest Plant Council listed European Mountain Ash as a species of concern.

This tree has a fascinating history; be sure to read about its mythological significance at the link below.

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