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    American Mountainash: The Witchwood Tree

    By James R. Fazio | July 4, 2017

    Sorbus americana Looking for a shield to cast off witches and malevolence? Travel back to 18th century Europe and residents would tell you to use mountainash wood as a guard to keeping witches away. Old folklore tells stories of people planting mountainash trees near the front of their houses and burning twigs to lay outside their home entrance to ward off evil.  Some people went as far as making necklaces of ash wood. So, when colonists first moved to America…

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