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An uncommon native tree of medium height (25m) mainly confined to remnants of ancient woodland, easily over looked due to its maple type leaf.

When young trees are conical in shape becoming broad dome and where sites allow spreading.

White flowers with five petals open in May in loose clusters which are pollinated by insects. The resulting  fruit when ripe are obovoid purple brown patterned with lenticels, eaten by birds.

Buds are globular, leaves green with five to nine acute lobes with the basel pair spread wide. A tree of good autumn colour deep reds, purple and yellow.

Bark pale smooth grey in young trees, becoming brown shallowly fissured into squarish plates on mature trunks.

Although producing seed summer temperatures are not warm enough for seeds to ripen, and if they do, cold periods are not of sufficient length to enable germination to take place, so mature trees are found amongst mass of sucker growth, its principal method of propagation.

As mentioned often mistaken for a maple as no other Sorbus has a similar leaf.   

April Tree of the Month - Wild Service Tree  Sorbus torminalis    Rosaceae

Wild Service Tree  Sorbus torminalis    Rosaceae