Sorbus torminalis -the wild service tree - is a species of Sorbus native to Europe.
It is a medium-sized deciduous tree growing to 15–25 m (50–80 ft) tall, with smooth and greyish bark peeling away in squarish plates to reveal darker brown layers. The leaves are 6–14 cm (2–6 in) long, dark green on both sides, and the flowers are 9–16 mm (0.4–0.6 in) diameter, with five white petals and 20 creamy-white stamens, produced in corymbs, in late spring to early summer.
There are two varieties: S. torminalis var. torminalis. from Europe and northwest Africa, and S. torminalis var. caucasica. from Caucasus and Alborz Mountains, with leaves less deeply lobed.
Sowing & planting
500 - 1500
6 - 8
Plant my wild service tree
Plant between October and the end of March but not during frost periods. Check that the desired location meets the requirements described in the description, and avoid working in soggy soil. Dig a hole two to three times as wide as the root ball of your tree. Handle the root ball carefully to keep it intact while you place it in the hole. Put your shrub to the correct height, adding a stake, and replace the soil, respecting the order of the layers of possible - bottom layer to top. Tamp regularly. After planting, pour two watering cans at the bottom, then place a good layer of mulch.
Water my wild service tree
Water often in the first weeks. Water potted plants at least once a week, as soon as the top soil dries. Ultimately, if it does not rain for a month, consider watering.
Unprop my wild service tree
Your tree should be well rooted after two years, so remove the stake now that it is not needed anymore.