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Wild Service Tree

Sorbus torminalis

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Distinct from the Service Tree (Sorbus domesticus), the Wild Service Tree, also known as the "Chequer Tree", is now one of our rarest native trees, 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 Acers in the autumn when their leaves turn bright red and copper. It flowers beautifully, however, in May. 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 ! Provenance certificates are available on request for Wild Service trees, which are from the Southwest of England. Supplier: Perrie Hale Forest Nursery Standards Supplier: R.V.Roger 50% of our profit on sales of Wild Service trees is donated to The Tree Council

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This item has seasonality November-March and will only be shipped during this time.

Growth

After 10 yrs

5m (height) x 3m (width)

At Maturity

20m (height) x 10m (width)

Wild Service Tree (Sorbus torminalis)

Distinct from the Service Tree (Sorbus domesticus), the Wild Service Tree, also known as the "Chequer Tree", is now one of our rarest native trees, 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 Acers in the autumn when their leaves turn bright red and copper. It flowers beautifully, however, in May.
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 ! 


Supplier: R.V.Roger
50% of our profit on sales of Wild Service trees is donated to The Tree Council

Please note that standard sizes relate to tree girths in cm. We can supply large trees with girths of up to 25cm (i.e. 15 to 20ft 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. All these Wild Service trees are bare root, and are consequently available for delivery from November until March. During this period there may be up to two week?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.