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Sorbus torminalis (Wild service tree)

Beginner
skill rating
1 hour care
per year
15m
Max height
12m
Max spread
20-50 years
To maturity

Plant details

Botanical name

Sorbus torminalis

Other names

Wild service tree, Chequers, Griping tree, Sorb, Checker tree, Chequer tree, Checkers

Genus

Sorbus Sorbus

Species

S. torminalis - S. torminalis is a medium-sized deciduous tree with maple-like leaves which turn from green to yellow, orange and purple-red in autumn and rounded heads of small white flowers in summer followed by clusters of speckled brown fruit which ripens in autumn.


Sorbus torminalis is: Deciduous

Tree shape

Spreading

Flower

Cream in Summer

Foliage

Dark-green in Spring; Dark-green in Summer; Red, Brown in Autumn

How to care

Watch out for

Specific pests

Aphids , Blister mite Aphids , Blister mite

Fireblight , Silver leaf Fireblight , Silver leaf

General care

Propagation methods

Grafting, Seed, Softwood cuttings


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Where to grow

Sorbus torminalis (Wild service tree) will reach a height of 15m and a spread of 12m after 20-50 years.

Suggested uses

Low Maintenance, Wildlife

Cultivation

Plant in moderately fertile, humus-rich soil. This tree is tolerant of atmoshperic pollution and drought.

Soil type

Chalky, Loamy, Sandy

Soil drainage

Moist but well-drained, Well-drained

Soil pH

Acid, Alkaline, Neutral

Light

Partial Shade, Full Sun

Aspect

North, South, East, West

Exposure

Exposed, Sheltered

UK hardiness Note: We are working to update our ratings. Thanks for your patience.

Hardy (H4)

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Botanical name

Sorbus torminalis

Other names

Wild service tree, Chequers, Griping tree, Sorb, Checker tree, Chequer tree, Checkers

Genus

Sorbus Sorbus

Species

S. torminalis - S. torminalis is a medium-sized deciduous tree with maple-like leaves which turn from green to yellow, orange and purple-red in autumn and rounded heads of small white flowers in summer followed by clusters of speckled brown fruit which ripens in autumn.

Foliage

Deciduous

Tree shape

Spreading


Colour

Flower

Cream in Summer

Foliage

Dark-green in Spring; Dark-green in Summer; Red, Brown in Autumn


How to care

Watch out for

Specific pests

Aphids , Blister mite

Specific diseases

Fireblight , Silver leaf

General care

Propagation methods

Grafting, Seed, Softwood cuttings


Monthly care advice


Where to grow

Sorbus torminalis (Wild service tree) will reach a height of 15m and a spread of 12m after 20-50 years.

Suggested uses

Low Maintenance, Wildlife

Cultivation

Plant in moderately fertile, humus-rich soil. This tree is tolerant of atmoshperic pollution and drought.

Soil type

Chalky, Loamy, Sandy

Soil drainage

Moist but well-drained, Well-drained

Soil pH

Acid, Alkaline, Neutral

Light

Partial Shade, Full Sun

Aspect

North, South, East, West

Exposure

Exposed, Sheltered

UK hardiness Note: We are working to update our ratings. Thanks for your patience.

Hardy (H4)

USDA zones

Zone 7, Zone 6, Zone 5

Defra's Risk register #1

Plant name

Sorbus torminalis (Wild service tree)

Common pest name

grape ground pearl

Scientific pest name

Margarodes vitis

Type

Insect

Current status in UK

Absent

Likelihood to spread to UK (1 is very low - 5 is very high)

2

Impact (1 is very low - 5 is very high)

5

General biosecurity comments

Main pathway; Vitis spp. plants for planting; already prohibited. However; further consideration of other pathways is required.

Defra's Risk register #2

Plant name

Sorbus torminalis (Wild service tree)

Common pest name

Cedar-Quince rust; Quince rust; Rust of apple; Rust of juniper; Rust of quince

Scientific pest name

Gymnosporangium clavipes

Type

Fungus

Current status in UK

Absent

Likelihood to spread to UK (1 is very low - 5 is very high)

2

Impact (1 is very low - 5 is very high)

4

General biosecurity comments

EU regulated rust disease which helps mitigate against introduction. A review of EU regulations will help to ensure that all hosts are regulated.

Defra's Risk register #3

Plant name

Sorbus torminalis (Wild service tree)

Common pest name

Lance nematode; Nematode; Lance

Scientific pest name

Hoplolaimus spp.

Type

Nematode

Current status in UK

Absent

Likelihood to spread to UK (1 is very low - 5 is very high)

2

Impact (1 is very low - 5 is very high)

4

General biosecurity comments

Nematode species potentially affecting a wide variety of crops; prohibition of soil likely to mitigate risk substantially; keep under review in light of interceptions or findings should they occur in the EU.

About this section

Our plants are under greater threat than ever before. There is increasing movement of plants and other material traded from an increasing variety of sources. This increases the chances of exotic pests arriving with imported goods and travellers, as well as by natural means. Shoot is working with Defra to help members to do their part in preventing the introduction and spread of invasive risks.

Traveling or importing plants? Please read "Don't risk it" advice here

Suspected outbreak? Click here for contact details to report to the relevant authority.

Date updated: 7th March 2019 For more information visit: https://planthealthportal.defra.gov.uk/

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Sorbus torminalis

The bark is cracked into squares like hawthorn. Berry-eating birds may eat the brown fruits of this tree. Earlier, the flowers offer nectar to bees and are home to several species of weevil. read more

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