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Sorbus torminalis
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Sorbus torminalis

Mountain Ash and Whitebeam

Wild Service or Chequer Tree

Description: A medium-sized, fast growing deciduous tree with upright, sweeping branches, coated in deeply textured bark. As the tree ages, the rough young bark begins to crackle into vaguely rectangular scales that gradually flake off, creating a sort of chequered effect. Broad, pinnately lobed green leaves turn reddish-brown in autumn. Cream flowers in early summer, are followed by small brown fruits.

History: Native to Europe, Asia minor, and North Africa.

Sorbus Growing Tips: Grow in moderately fertile, humus-rich, well-drained soil in full sun or light shade. Hardy and tolerant of urban pollution and coastal conditions.

Height and Spread (after 10 years): 5m x 3m

General attributes

Text Green Foliage
Text Spreading

Ornamental attributes

Medium tree size after 10 years Medium tree size after 10 years
Autumn colour Autumn colour
Open space planting Open space planting
Fruit for wildlife Fruit for wildlife
Chalk tolerant Chalk tolerant
Clay tolerant Clay tolerant
Tolerates exposed site Tolerates exposed site
Don't prune Don't prune