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The genus Kalmia, "mountain laurel," is a North
American native, and so has nothing to do with
Celtic lore.  Rather, several species of the genus
Sorbus are called rowans, or mountain ashes.  They
are often planted in suburban America (at least in the
Midwest).  They are small to medium size trees, whose
leaves resemble an ash, and so provide only light
shade to the lawn below them.  Another reason for their
popularity is the ornamental value of the fruit.  Here
in America I've only seen berries with an orange color,
not quite the red promised by the word "rowan."
 
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