(Wild Service Tree) A rare native tree, Sorbus torminalis has maple-like leaves, dark green in summer which turn vivid shades of orange or purple/red in autumn before falling.
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A rare native tree, Sorbus torminalis has maple-like leaves, dark green in summer which turn vivid shades of orange or purple/red in autumn before falling. Established trees have clusters of white flowers in late spring or early summer which are popular with insects, followed by speckled brown fruit in autumn .
Sorbus torminalis grows to be a handsome small or eventually medium sized tree.
- Position: Full sun or light, dappled shade.
- Soil: Well drained, fertile soils. Sorbus torminalis does not usually enjoy very wet or waterlogged positions.
- Hardiness: Hardy.
- Flowering Period: May.
- Flower Colour: White
- Rate of Growth: Moderate to vigorous.
- Habit: Sorbus torminalis grows to be a small, branching tree in the short term and eventually reaches a medium size.
- Height: 10 - 15 m (32 - 50 ft)
- Spread: 12 m (40 ft)
- Important Please Read - Sorbus (Rowan / Mountain Ash) species and cultivars are not and cannot be affected by the Ash disease, Chalara fraxinea. Despite the potentially confusing name, mountain ashes are actually in the rose family, Rosacaea, and are closely related to apples and pears etc. Fraxinus excelsior (Common ash), are in the olive family, Oleaceae and the wind born disease recently found in the UK is completely specific to this genus.
- How Much Sun
- Full Sun, Light Shade
- Eventual Size
- Tree - Medium
- Growing Conditions
- Soil Type: Not Fussy, Soil Type: Acid, Special: Windy, Soil Type: Dry / Sandy
- Special Features
- Autumn Colour, Fruit - Ornamental, Screening/Hedge, Wildlife Friendly - Birds