One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1A small deciduous tree of the rose family, with compound leaves, white flowers, and red berries.
Genus Sorbus, family Rosaceae: several species, in particular the North American S. americanaCompare with rowan
- ‘Former opposition leader William Hague opened the new development by planting a native mountain ash tree on the site.’
- ‘Even in winter there's an austere beauty to the bare branches of aspen, apricot, and apple trees, and the bright-red berries of mountain ash.’
- ‘Restrictions were lifted on January 1 and nearly 3,000 trees have now been planted, including oak, ash, holly, hazel, hawthorn and mountain ash, covering five acres.’
- ‘Cullentra Wood comprises a long established woodland mainly of oak, but also containing ash, hazel, holly, mountain ash, cherry, birch and alder.’
- ‘The rowan tree, or mountain ash as it is better known, is now in full bloom.’
- ‘From there down to about 8,100 feet is a subalpine forest with subalpine fir, mountain ash, and other species.’
- ‘These trees, including many varieties of crabapple, hawthorn, pear, mountain ash, flowering quince and pyracantha, should be pruned during the dormant season.’
- ‘The plundered tree is a native mountain ash, Sorbus aucuparia.’
- ‘Visitors to the garden will notice juniper, ash, walnut, mountain ash and beech trees as well as jasmine, honeysuckle, lilac, lilies and tulips.’
- ‘A commemorative mountain ash tree will also be planted in their memory.’
- ‘They eat almost exclusively fruit in the winter, relying on the berries of mountain ash, juniper, dogwood, and others.’
- ‘Trees, including copper beech and mountain ash, are planted around the lawn area at the base of the garden to give a sense of scale.’
- ‘They eat almost nothing but fruit in the winter, relying on the berries of mountain ash, juniper, holly, and others.’
- ‘The mix of mountain ash and maple trees was part of an extensive landscaping project along Paddy Brown's Road carried out in conjunction with road improvements and the building of a new roundabout.’
- ‘This winter, young mountain ash trees are weighed down with scarlet berries while Scots pine saplings flourish alongside their ancestors' gnarled remains.’
- ‘It's hard to think of autumn and winter berries without thinking of the mountain ash, or rowan tree.’
- ‘There are coast paths, too, winding through dwarf willow and mountain ash to ruined villages looking wistfully out to sea, their populations long since departed.’
- ‘Many a Scots family planted mountain ash, a tree with brilliant red-orange berries, at its door to keep the witches and fairies away.’
- ‘Oak, mountain ash, and coniferous trees are found in mountainous regions under 1,000 feet.’
- ‘People wanted to see apple, pear, damson and decorative trees like mountain ash and oak planted.’
2Australian A eucalyptus tree that is grown for timber.
Genus Eucalyptus, family Myrtaceae: several species, in particular the very tall E. regnans
- ‘Timber towns such as Woods Point, Noojee, and Matlock were burnt to the ground, as extensive tracts of mountain ash forest (including Melbourne's main catchment area) were incinerated.’
- ‘Lowland riverine forests gradually become pockets of temperate rainforest, sprinkled with mountain ash and grey gums.’
- ‘Now what about the tallest trees, because I believe the tallest one ever measured in Australia was a eucalyptus regnans, or a mountain ash, in Victoria.’
- ‘The Jurassic grandeur of the Otway National Park soon enfolded the road, the car, and much of the daylight, within a leafy tunnel of mountain ash, gum, beech and ferns.’
- ‘David Lindenmeyer raises a very interesting point that the mountain ash forests in Australia, in Victoria and Tasmania, are the best carbon sinks of any forests in the world, which is quite interesting.’
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