Area of origin: Western Europe, up to 2300m (2515yds) altitude.
Adult Dimensions: Height up to15 m (49,2'), width up to 10 m (65,6').
Soil Type: Avoid too much lime.
Hardiness: Hardy to -36°C.
Exposure: Full sun.
Properties and uses:
Beautiful flowers in May and June. The fruits called sorbs appear in July and are much appreciated by birds especially thrushes. They are ripe in August and decorate the tree until winter.
The foliage becomes a beautiful shade of yellow and then red in autumn.
This magnificent little tree spectacular in any garden for most of the year. It can be planted alone or mixed in a country hedge or in rows.
List of Sorbus:
• Common Whitebeam (Sorbus aria), beautiful white blossom in May, small acidic berries, mature in autumn
• ServiceTree (Sorbus domestica), interesting red green pear shaped berries
• Swedish Whitebeam (Sorbus intermedia), white blossom in May and June, small red berries
• Wild service tree (Sorbus torminalis), white blossom in May and June, magnificent autumnal colours