Sorbus torminalis - Wild Service Tree

Wild Service Tree

Wild service tree is a deciduous broadleaf tree native to the UK and parts of Europe, Africa and Asia. It is a large growing tree with a spreading habit and broad crown, it also works well as part of a fruiting hedge. The grey bark distinctively cracks into plates, revealing darker bark underneath. Sorbus torminalis has attractive, lobed green leaves turn red and brown in autumn. Cream-coloured flowers in early summer are followed in autumn by small, oval, brown fruits with paler spots, about ½”/10-15mm across, edible when ‘bletted’ (softened by frost); the taste is reminiscent of dates, and the fruits can also be used for making wine or flavouring whiskey.

Site: Tolerates exposure, shelter from cold winds.
Soil: Any reasonably well-drained, reasonably fertile soil, limestone clay preferred
Position: Full sun or partial shade
Season of Interest: Spring, autumn
Hardiness: Hardy
Height: 52-80’ (15-25m) Spread: 52’ (15m)

Type | Size: Pot | 1L
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