|Sorbus sitchensis flower cymes|
A multistemmed shrub, it is endemic to northwestern North America, from the Pacific coast of Alaska, to the mountains of Washington, Oregon and northern California and eastward to parts of Idaho and western Alberta and Montana. It is widespread in British Columbia.
The otherwise similar Sorbus scopulina has yellow-green sharp-pointed leaflets that are sharply serrated over most of their length.
- Winter buds: Not sticky with rusty hairs.
- Leaves: Alternate, compound, six to ten inches long, Leaflets seven to ten, blue-green, lanceolate or long oval, with rounded tip, toothed usually from the middle to the end. In autumn they turn yellow, orange and red. Stipules leaf-like, caducous.
- Flowers: After the leaves are fully grown, June through September. White, small, 80 or fewer, borne in flat compound cymes three or four inches across.
- Fruit: Berry-like pome, globular, one-quarter of an inch across, bright pinkish red, borne in cymous clusters.
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