Factsheet F04: Wild service tree – Sorbus torminalis


The wild service tree is a deciduous tree with ascending branches and a conical habit when young, becoming domed with age. It can vary in form from a suckering shrub to a large tree of up to 22 m (72 ft) high, but is usually seen as a small tree of 10-13 m (30-40 ft). Maximum diameter at breast height is some 0.9 m (3 ft).
The natural range is from north Africa and south west Asia through Europe to Britain; in Britain it is only naturalised south of Cumbria, and only common in the extreme south east.

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