Belongs to: rose family

Wild service Sorbus torminalis


Best time to see: all year

Key facts

An unusual tree that is characteristic of ancient woods and ancient hedgerows, growing up to 25m tall

Distinctive chequered bark; leaves are deeply cut, resembling the maple; brownish leathery fruit in clusters

Its berries were used to flavour beer

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Photo © Pat Allen

Photo © Tony Gunton