Index of Species Information

SPECIES:  Sorbus sitchensis


Introductory

SPECIES: Sorbus sitchensis
AUTHORSHIP AND CITATION : Matthews, Robin F. 1993. Sorbus sitchensis. In: Fire Effects Information System, [Online]. U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Rocky Mountain Research Station, Fire Sciences Laboratory (Producer). Available: http://www.fs.fed.us/database/feis/ [].

ABBREVIATION : SORSIT SYNONYMS : NO-ENTRY SCS PLANT CODE : SOSI COMMON NAMES : Sitka mountain-ash western mountain-ash Pacific mountain-ash TAXONOMY : The currently accepted scientific name of Sitka mountain-ash is Sorbus sitchensis Roemer [16,18,24,39]. A typical variety and S. sitchensis var. grayi (Wenzig) Hitchcock are recognized [16,20,37]. Sitka mountain-ash hybridizes with Greene mountain-ash (S. scopulina) [39]. LIFE FORM : Tree, Shrub FEDERAL LEGAL STATUS : No special status OTHER STATUS : NO-ENTRY

DISTRIBUTION AND OCCURRENCE

SPECIES: Sorbus sitchensis
GENERAL DISTRIBUTION : Sitka mountain-ash is distributed from Alaska south along the Pacific Coast and through the Cascade Range to northern California and east to northern Idaho and northwestern Montana [16,24,39]. ECOSYSTEMS : FRES20 Douglas-fir FRES22 Western white pine FRES23 Fir - spruce FRES24 Hemlock - Sitka spruce FRES25 Larch STATES : AK CA ID MT OR WA BC BLM PHYSIOGRAPHIC REGIONS : 1 Northern Pacific Border 2 Cascade Mountains 3 Southern Pacific Border 4 Sierra Mountains 8 Northern Rocky Mountains KUCHLER PLANT ASSOCIATIONS : K001 Spruce - cedar - hemlock forest K002 Cedar - hemlock - Douglas-fir forest K003 Silver fir - Douglas-fir forest K004 Fir - hemlock forest K007 Red fir forest K012 Douglas-fir forest K013 Cedar - hemlock - pine forest K014 Grand fir - Douglas-fir forest K015 Western spruce - fir forest SAF COVER TYPES : 205 Mountain hemlock 206 Engelmann spruce - subalpine fir 207 Red fir 210 Interior Douglas-fir 211 White fir 212 Western larch 213 Grand fir 215 Western white pine 223 Sitka spruce 224 Western hemlock 225 Western hemlock - Sitka spruce 226 Coastal true fir - hemlock 227 Western redcedar - western hemlock 228 Western redcedar 229 Pacific Douglas-fir 230 Douglas-fir - western hemlock SRM (RANGELAND) COVER TYPES : NO-ENTRY HABITAT TYPES AND PLANT COMMUNITIES : NO-ENTRY

MANAGEMENT CONSIDERATIONS

SPECIES: Sorbus sitchensis
WOOD PRODUCTS VALUE : Sitka mountain-ash has light-weight, fine-textured wood [39]. It has no commercial value [17]. IMPORTANCE TO LIVESTOCK AND WILDLIFE : Sitka mountain-ash berries remain on the trees until late winter, making them available as winter forage. They are important in the diet of many upland gamebirds, songbirds, and small mammals [14,26]. The twigs supply browse for deer and moose [14]. Roosevelt elk also utilize Sitka mountain-ash in the summer months [19]. Black bear and grizzly bear eat the berries, leaves, and stems [21,27]. PALATABILITY : Sitka mountain-ash provides fair browse for sheep and fair to poor browse for cattle [38]. NUTRITIONAL VALUE : NO-ENTRY COVER VALUE : NO-ENTRY VALUE FOR REHABILITATION OF DISTURBED SITES : Sitka mountain-ash has been used for streambank rehabilitation in Oregon and Washington [25]. OTHER USES AND VALUES : Sitka mountain-ash is cultivated as an ornamental [17,26,39]. OTHER MANAGEMENT CONSIDERATIONS : Foliar glycophosphate and broadcast 2,4-D applications caused severe injury to Sitka mountain-ash in field experiments [28]. Sitka mountain-ash may produce allelopathic substances that inhibit Douglas-fir (Pseudotsuga menziesii) seedlings [30].

BOTANICAL AND ECOLOGICAL CHARACTERISTICS

SPECIES: Sorbus sitchensis
GENERAL BOTANICAL CHARACTERISTICS : Sitka mountain-ash is a native, deciduous shrub 4 to 8 feet (1.2-2.4 m) tall, or a small tree up to 20 feet (4.5-6.0 m) tall and 6 inches (15 cm) d.b.h. On rocky alpine sites at higher elevations Sitka mountain-ash is often only 1 to 2 feet (0.3-0.6 m) tall. Leaves are pinnately compound and are 4 to 8 inches (10-20 cm) long with 7 to 11 leaflets. Sitka mountain-ash bark is thin and smooth. Flowers are borne in terminal corymbs with 15 to 60 flowers per head. Fruits are small pommes [39]. RAUNKIAER LIFE FORM : Phanerophyte REGENERATION PROCESSES : Sitka mountain-ash mainly propagates by seed [32,38]. Mountain-ashes (Sorbus spp.) begin producing seed at about 15 years of age and usually produce a good seed crop every year. Seeds are mainly dispersed by birds. Seedlings are hardy and are not very susceptible to insects or disease, but may be injured by deer browsing [14]. Cooper [7] reports that American mountain-ash (S. americana), a closely related species, sprouts from the stump when top-killed. Propagation: Cleaned seeds have been stored for 2 to 8 years without loss of viability. Seeds sown in the spring require 60 or more days of previous stratification at 32 to 41 degrees Fahrenheit (0-5 deg C) in moist sand, moss, soil, or other medium. Unstratified seed should be sown in the fall or early winter. Germination is slower and not as successful if seeds are not removed from the berries before sowing [14]. SITE CHARACTERISTICS : Sitka mountain-ash occurs in dry to moist, well-drained sandy loam or other soils [38]. In southern and southeastern Alaska, Sitka mountain-ash is an uncommon to rare forest tree, occurring from sea level to timberline along the coast [39]. In coastal British Columbia, Sitka mountain-ash is an indicator of moderately dry to fresh, nitrogen-poor soils. It is common but scattered in British Columbia, where it is found in montane to subalpine, open-canopy coniferous forests. Its occurrence there increases with increasing precipitation and elevation [22]. In the Pacific Northwest, it occurs in mid- to upper-elevation coniferous forests and forest openings, and is particularly widespread from 3,000 to 5,000 feet (900-1,515 m) on the western slope of the Cascade Range [35]. Sitka mountain-ash is found at elevations from 3,400 to 6,700 feet (1,030-2,030 m) in Montana [9]. In the Bitterroot Mountains of west-central Montana, it is most often found in moist, deep soils along creeks or streams [24]. SUCCESSIONAL STATUS : Facultative Seral Species Sitka mountain-ash is shade intolerant and persists in clearings [22]. It is present in many climax forests and plant associations [2,3,12,15,34,36]. Sitka mountain-ash may inhibit growth of other vegetation [8]. SEASONAL DEVELOPMENT : Sitka mountain-ash flowers from June to July. Fruits ripen from September to October and persist through late winter [14,39].

FIRE ECOLOGY

SPECIES: Sorbus sitchensis
FIRE ECOLOGY OR ADAPTATIONS : A closely related species, American mountain-ash, sprouts from the bole when top-killed by fire [7]. Sitka mountain-ash may have this ability as well, but Sitka mountain-ash sprouting has not been documented in the literature. Some areas in which Sitka mountain-ash occurs have long intervals between fires [2,29]. Cool, wet maritime forests may have fire return intervals of several hundred years or more [4]. POSTFIRE REGENERATION STRATEGY : Initial-offsite colonizer (off-site, initial community) Secondary colonizer - off-site seed

FIRE EFFECTS

SPECIES: Sorbus sitchensis
IMMEDIATE FIRE EFFECT ON PLANT : Specific information on the immediate effect of fire on Sitka mountain-ash is not available in the literature. Since it is a small tree with thin bark, it may survive light-severity fire but is probably killed by severe fire. Mature mountain-ashes (Sorbus spp.) have been eliminated by fires at various locations throughout the United States and Canada [6]. DISCUSSION AND QUALIFICATION OF FIRE EFFECT : NO-ENTRY PLANT RESPONSE TO FIRE : Sitka mountain-alder was absent from burned sites but present on adjacent unburned sites 29 years following fire in alpine heath and krummholz communities in Washington [10]. Mountain-ash (Sorbus spp.) sprouts and seedlings appeared in the first and second postfire years after spring and summer wildfires and spring prescribed fires in Minnesota [1]. DISCUSSION AND QUALIFICATION OF PLANT RESPONSE : The Research Project Summary Revegetation in a subalpine fir forest after logging and fire in central British Columbia provides information on prescribed fire and postfire response of plant community species, including Sitka mountain-alder, that was not available when this species review was originally written. FIRE MANAGEMENT CONSIDERATIONS : NO-ENTRY

REFERENCES

SPECIES: Sorbus sitchensis
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