The foliage of Sorbus torminalis in detail
The foliage of Sorbus torminalis in detail
A mature specimen of Sorbus torminalis
A mature specimen of Sorbus torminalis
Medium Wild Service Tree from this batch

Sorbus torminalis

Wild Service Tree

Estimated fully grown height 7-12m

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Product Details

Sorbus torminalis, known as the Wild Service Tree, is a much forgotten but lovely native tree that is sometimes referred to as the Chequer Tree which is why there are so many pubs up and down the land sharing the same name.

It has a columnar habit when young and graduates to a broad oval when mature.

White flowers in spring give way to sharp tasting fruits in the autumn that were dried and used as ‘chequers’ in the south of England in the middle ages.

Its bark also resembles a chequer pattern as it matures. Its green summer leaves turn orange and yellow in the autumn.

Sorbus torminalis is a difficult tree to transplant as bare rooted or rootballed because it is coarse rooted so it is only worth planting as an established containerised tree to insure success.

It thrives in most free draining soils but being a woodland plant, doesn’t want to be under the glare of a hot sun for too long.

If you live in an area prone to rabbits or deer then we recommend rabbit guards for these trees.

Mature Height: 7-12m

Tree Specification

Tree Location
Garden, Parkland,
Mature Height
Blossom Colour
Foliage Colour
Looks good in
Fruit & Nut
Soil Type
Well drained, Will tolerate most soil types,
Autumn Colour
Good for waterlogged soil
Pleached Tree

Planting Video

Delivery Guide

Barcham Trees are delivered using a local team of hauliers whom are well versed in transporting trees across the length and breadth of the UK. Our standard delivery is based upon sharing a delivery slot on one of our lorries and is calculated on a county by county basis.

Get a quote for delivery for your county here.

Free delivery is granted on the following order levels:
England, orders over £2,750
Wales, orders over £3,750
Scotland, orders over £4,750

Once you have completed your order online we will phone you to schedule in your delivery. On many occasions we are able to link in your order quickly but please allow up to 15 working days from the time of order to delivery as the worst case scenario.

Please note that all of our deliveries are made on Heavy Goods Vehicles, with our smallest available lorry generally being a 10 tonne vehicle. Deliveries are made to kerbside, or nearest reasonable access point and the lorry drivers are unable to move the trees once they are onsite.

For those of you ordering Instant trees, have special requirements or access limitations, please remember that throughout this process we are only a phone call away! Our experienced team of arborists are on hand to offer advice and can be contacted Monday to Friday between 9am - 5:30pm on 01353 720 950.

For further details of our delivery service and conditions, please visit our Delivery Service Advice page.