Wild Service Tree identification
The Wild Service Tree Sorbus torminalis (named as the Wild Service Tree to differentiate it from other Service trees) is native to Europe, including Britain, the Caucasus, Syria and Algeria. It is found in ancient woodlands and hedgerows with the highest numbers in the south and east of England.
Wild Service Tree identification – Maple-like, alternate leaves, white flowers in May, ripe brown fruit in August, scaly bark. The leaf is similar to the Norway Maple but the veins are different. The fruit is sometimes called Chequers and was used to flavour or make beer. Click on any photo to enlarge it.
The leaf looks like that of a Maple but the veins do not all radiate from a single point like a Maple.
The flowers are clustered together in what is called a ‘corymb’ – the same as other members of the Sorbus family such as the Common Whitebeam and the Common Rowan.