Friday, December 19, 2014

Sorbus Torminalis - Wild Service Tree

General Information
Common Name Wild Service Tree
Scientific Name Sorbus Torminalis
Sun Tolerance Full Sun
Height 10 - 15 m (33-50 ft)
Spread 6 -8 m (20 - 30 ft)
Growth Rate Fast
Bloom Time Spring
Color Green,
Flower Color White
Type Tree
Native Europe, USA
Kingdom Plantae – Plants
Subkingdom Tracheobionta – Vascular plants
SuperdivisionSpermatophyta – Seed plants
Division Magnoliophyta – Flowering plants
Class Magnoliopsida – Dicotyledons
Subclass Rosidae
Order Rosales
Family Rosaceae – Rose family
Genus Sorbus L. – Mountain Ash
Species S. Torminalis

Sorbus Torminalis - Wild Service Tree
Sorbus Torminalis common name is Wild Service Tree. It is native to Europe. It is usually attaining between 10-15 m (33-50 feet) in height. It is very local and one seldom finds more than a few trees growing in the same locality. It is curious because of its unusually shaped leaves, its flowers and fruits which resemble those of Rowan, and its bark which has the appearance of that of Hawthorn.
The winter buds are large, oval (not pointed) and greenish with brown edges to the scales. The young shoots soon become smooth and dark brown. The leaves are somewhat like Norway maple but smaller, not pointed and are coarsely toothed, borne alternately on the shoots and not palmately veined. The lower pair of lobes is cut much more deeply than the others. The leaves are rather lustrous deep green on top, pale green or yellowish underneath. They turn yellow and crimson in autumn.
The flat-topped in florescence, which opens in June, is comprised of small creamy-white bi-sexual flowers which are followed by green oval berries that later turn brown and drab, and become wrinkled and marked with numerous lenticels. 
The bark is grey to black, smooth at first, later dividing into small thin scales which are shed. Suckers are produced. The wood is tough and has whitish sapwood and red-brown heartwood.
It is uncertain to what extent this interesting and uncommon tree justifies its old name as a cure for colic (tormina); its berries are acid to the taste.

Sorbus Torminalis - Wild Service Tree in Autumn

Young plant of  Wild Service Tree

 Wild Service Tree Leaves

Wild Service Tree Leaves in Autumn

Leaves of Sorbus Torminalis 

Wild Service Tree Flowers

Flowers of Sorbus Torminalis 

Fruits of  Wild Service Tree

Wild Service Tree Fruits 

Wild Service Tree Bark

Bark of Sorbus Torminalis

Sorbus Torminalis in Autumn

Sorbus Torminalis - Wild Service Tree


bazza said...

I know that there are some of these trees near to where I live in London. They are hard to find but easily identifiable when one does come across them.
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Anna said...

Beautiful tree. Sometimes we don't realize just how pretty a tree, or any other plant is, until we study it close up.

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