Wild Service Tree (Sorbus torminalis)
A relatively rare native specimen, the wild service tree is also called ‘the Chequer’ which produces white flowers and edible fruit. It gets the name ‘Chequers’ due to the impressive pattern it develops on the bark after a few years. The leaves offer a gorgeous range of bronze yellows and russet reds to purple in autumn.
The flowers provide pollen and nectar for insects, while the berries are eaten by birds. The rare moth, Phyllonorycter mespilella (Scarce Brown Midget) is also attracted to these trees.
- Low maintenance
- Native to the UK
- Produces edible fruit
- Slow growing – maximum height of 20m
- Hardy to zone 6
Supplied trees are cell grown and around 1.5ft tall. Branches may be trimmed and trees supplied without pots for safe shipping.