The Garden Guide

Book: A treatise on the theory and practice of landscape gardening, adapted to North America,1841
Chapter: Section IV. Deciduous Ornamental Trees

American Mountain ash Pyrus Americana

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The American Mountain ash (Pyrus Americana) is a native of the mountains along the banks of the Hudson, and other cold and elevated situations in the north of the United States: on the Catskill we have seen some handsome specimens near the Mountain House; but generally it does not grow in so comely a shape, or form so handsome a tree as the foreign sort. In the general appearance of the leaves and blossoms, however, it so nearly resembles the European as to be thought merely a variety by some botanists. The chief difference between them appears to be in the color of the fruit, which on our native tree is copper colored or dull purplish red. It may probably assume a handsome shape when cultivated.