Mountain Ash is a very hardy native tree that can tolerate tough conditions, such as drought or cold. It is is used in native plantations and is popular for amenity use. Mountain Ash has a white flower but is mostly known for its large clusters of bright red berries in the autumn. In the wild it is most often found on hills and/or rocky slopes.
Its growth pattern of multiple short branches means that it is difficult to get material suitable for stickmaking. This is a pity because it has a lovely bark which is somewhat similar to Hazel and responds well to careful sanding and varnishing. Occasionally I find longer pieces which make great hiking staffs.