Sorbus torminalis

Tracheophyta MagnoliopsidaRosaceaeSorbusSorbus torminalis


A medium-sized tree on a wide variety of soils, often clayey, or over limestone, found in old woods and hedgerows and occasionally in scrub. Planted trees occur in parks and plantations. This is one of our three widespread sexually-reproducing species of Sorbus, and it may also form small stands through root-layering. Lowland.



World Distribution

European Temperate element.

© K.J. Walker, BSBI

Broad Habitats

Broadleaved, mixed and yew woodland

Light (Ellenberg): 4

Moisture (Ellenberg): 5

Reaction (Ellenberg): 6

Nitrogen (Ellenberg): 5

Salt Tolerance (Ellenberg): 0

January Mean Temperature (Celsius): 3.9

July Mean Temperature (Celsius): 16

Annual Precipitation (mm): 804

Height (cm): 1900

Perennation - primary


Life Form - primary

Mega-, meso- and microphanerophyte



Clonality - primary

Clones formed by suckering from roots

Count of 10km squares in Great Britain: 573

Count of 10km squares in Ireland: 0

Count of 10km squares in the Channel Isles: 0

Atlas Change Index: 0.22

Weighted Changed Factor: 16

Weighted Change Factor Confidence (90%)


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