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Wild service tree, Sorbus torminalis
Wild Service Tree (Sorbus torminalis)
Wild Service Tree (Sorbus torminalis)
Wild Service Tree (Sorbus torminalis)

Wild Service Tree (Sorbus torminalis)

Distinct from the Service Tree (Sorbus domestica), the Wild Service Tree, also known as the "Chequer" or "Chequerberry" Tree, is now one of our rarest native trees. It's concentrated in the southern Weald, where it is associated with ancient woodland and clay soils. At a distance Wild Service Trees can be mistaken for ornamental Acers in the autumn when their leaves turn bright red and copper. It's stunning, and flowers beautifully too, in late spring. British grown from British seed. Please scroll down for more details...
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Wild Service Tree (Sorbus torminalis)

The Wild Service Tree suckers freely, which is just as well as its crop of fruit - or "chequers" - is almost entirely predated by birds and insects. The fruit is edible for us once frosted and softened; it was a Neolithic staple and remained popular into the 19th century. Inevitably folk also made wine out of it, served at Chequers Inns - possibly also at the Prime Minister's Chequers country residence!

Our Plants For Sale

Like all the native trees and wildflowers we sell, our Sorbus torminalis are grown in the UK from UK origin seed. As you might have worked out already, they're really difficult to find to buy!

We can currently offer either bundles of 5 root trainers, grown in Devon, or a limited number of individual pot plants. The root trainers are nice but small, like large plug plants.

Suppliers: Perrie Hale Forest Nursery, Exmoor Trees, RV Roger.

Please note that standard sizes relate to tree girths in cm. We can supply large trees with girths of up to 8cm (i.e. 8ft tall). As delivery charges for them vary considerably for them please ask for a quote.

See our planting and size guide for details and tips on planting. Most of these Wild Service trees are bare root (see below), and are consequently available for delivery from November until March. During this period there may be up to a month's delay between placing the order and dispatching (longer for standards), due to weather conditions or pressure of orders, which are dealt with in date sequence. Orders for Wild Service trees placed between March and September are confirmed in October ready for dispatch from November.

Size

  • Ultimate Height

    25m

  • Ultimate Spread

    20m

  • Time to Ultimate Height

    Over 20 years

Soil

  • Type

    Clay, loam, sand, chalk

  • pH

    Neutral, acid, alkaline

Situation

  • Position

    Sheltered or exposed

  • Sunlight

    Full or partial sun

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