Wild Service Tree

The wild service tree, known as Sorbus torminalis, is a deciduous tree native to Europe and Western Asia. It is valued for its distinctive has and ecological importance.

The Appearance

A medium-sized deciduous tree with a broad, rounded crown and lobed leaves that turn red and orange in autumn. It produces clusters of white flowers followed by brown, speckled fruits.


The Produce

While not typically consumed by humans due to their astringent taste, these fruits are essential food for birds and other wildlife, making the wild service tree a valuable contributor to woodland ecosystems and biodiversity conservation.


The Flowers

Produces clusters of white flowers in spring, followed by brown, speckled fruits in autumn.


The Leaves

Its pinnate leaves turn various shades of green, yellow, and orange in the autumn, adding to its aesthetic appeal.


The Bark

The bark is gray and smooth, becoming more fissured with age.


The Habitat

Prefers well-drained soils and full sun to partial shade. Commonly found in woodlands and hedgerows.


The Ecology

Provides habitat and food for various wildlife, including birds and insects. The fruits are eaten by birds and mammals.


The Culture

Valued for its ornamental flowers and fruits, as well as its timber. Often planted in gardens and parks.


Fun Facts

Wild Service Tree is known for its rare and unusual fruits, which are edible but not commonly found in markets.

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