Sorbus intermedia

Tracheophyta MagnoliopsidaRosaceaeSorbusSorbus intermedia


This tree is frequently self-sown in copses and on waste ground. Generally lowland, but reaching 380 m near Alston (Cumberland).



World Distribution

Native of S. Sweden and the Baltic region.

Broad Habitats

Light (Ellenberg): 6

Moisture (Ellenberg): 6

Reaction (Ellenberg): 8

Nitrogen (Ellenberg): 7

Salt Tolerance (Ellenberg): 0

January Mean Temperature (Celsius): 3.5

July Mean Temperature (Celsius): 15.2

Annual Precipitation (mm): 901

Height (cm): 1000

Perennation - primary


Life Form - primary

Mega-, meso- and microphanerophyte



Clonality - primary

Little or no vegetative spread

Count of 10km squares in Great Britain: 686

Count of 10km squares in Ireland: 17

Count of 10km squares in the Channel Isles: 2

JNCC Designations


Atlas text references

Atlas Supp (34b)
Challice J, Kovanda M
1978.  Chemotaxonomic survey of the genus Sorbus in Europe. Naturwissenschaften. 65:111-112.
Hultén E, Fries M
1986.  Atlas of north European vascular plants north of the Tropic of Cancer. 3 vols.
Liljefors A
1955.  Cytological studies in Sorbus. Acta Horti Bergiani. 17(4):47-113.
Meusel H, Jäger E, Weinert E
1965.  Vergleichende Chorologie der zentraleuropäischen Flora. Volume 1. 2 vols.