Sorbus torminalis (Wild Service Tree)

Sorbus torminalis

Availability

Bareroot from November to April

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Non-trade pricing


Price £ each (ex. VAT)
Height Age 1+ 25+ 100+ 500+ 1000+
40-60cm 1u1 Unavailable for the 2016-2017 season.

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Minimum order values
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Delivery

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Description

A native, deciduous tree, the Wild Service Tree is a relatively rare sight in Britain, despite its attractiveness, and is primarily found in pockets of ancient woodland and occasionally within hedgerows.

The Wild Service Tree has lobed leaves, similar to that of the Maple, which turn a rich, purply-red colour prior to falling in autumn.

Site and soil

The Wild Service Tree will grow on most soil types.

Height and spread

After 10 years: 4m x 2m
After 20 years 6m x 3.8m

Leaf and bark

Lobed leaves, similar to the Maple, but more deeply toothed, in pairs, and usually doubly serrated. The bark is patterned with cracked, square plates, and the twigs are shiny, slender and straight.

Flower, seed and fruit

Both male and female reproductive parts are contained within each flower. Forming in clusters in late spring, they are pollinated by insects. The flowers develop into green/brown oval fruits, sometimes referred to as 'chequers', which have a diameter of between 10-15mm and are patterned with small, pale spots when mature.

Uses

A popular desert fruit in some areas up to the beginning of the 20th century, the fruits were eaten once softened, or ‘bletted’ by frost, and have a taste similar to dried apricot. The brown fruits were used in beer brewing prior to the use of hops.

Wildlife

The Wild Service Tree is a good species for insects, providing pollen and nectar, with the leaves eaten by caterpillars. The fruits are consumed by birds.

Pruning

Light pruning, if required, should be undertaken in late winter or early spring.