Despite the similarity of their main common names, botanically not an ash  genus Fraxinus.   Instead, …

Part of 🗻︎ mountain-ash / rowan  genus Sorbus, which together with its sister-genus mentioned above, are both in 🌹︎ rose  family Rosaceae, and 🍎︎ apple / 🍇︎ berry / buckthorn / elm / hemp / 🌹︎ rose  order Rosales.

Native to 🇪🇺 Europe and central Asia.   🗺 Map by county (🇺🇸 USA-48) (color key).   Invasive > 🇨🇦 🇺🇸 Canada+USA Invasive > report it! Invasive > 🇺🇸 USA Invasive > Michigan

Uses by native peoples
(Ethnobotany database)

Traditionally, Europeans made items from this tree to protect them from evil sprits or malevolent beings.  Or from getting lost.  Confused as to whether this applies to pedestrians or sailors, I would rather rely on 🗺🧭 map and compass, or 🛰📱︎ satellite navigation.

Learn more about rowan or 🇪🇺 🗻︎ European mountain ash Sorbus aucuparia

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