Service Tree (Sorbus Domestica) 10 seeds (#654)
Service tree is native to western, central and southern Europe, northwest Africa and southwest Asia.
It is a deciduous tree growing to 15–20 m (rarely to 30 m) tall with a trunk up to 1 m diameter, though can also be a shrub 2–3 m tall on exposed sites. The bark is brown, smooth on young trees, becoming fissured and flaky on old trees. The winter buds are green, with a sticky resinous coating. The leaves are 15–25 cm long, pinnate with 13-21 leaflets 3–6 cm long and 1 cm broad, with a bluntly acute apex, and a serrated margin on the outer half or two thirds of the leaflet. The flowers are 13–18 mm diameter, with five white petals and 20 creamy-white stamens.
Culture is unproblematic, plant out simply in your garden. Hardy, no special demands on the soil. Cutting possible, best fruit tree pruning. A generative reproduction by seeds is very difficult and only something for specialists.
Genus - Sorbus
Species - Domestica
Common name - Service Tree
Pre-Treatment - Required
Hardiness zones - 5 - 8
Height - 40'-65' / 12 - 20 m
Spread - 30'-50' / 9 - 15 m
Plant type - Tree
Vegetation type - Deciduous
Exposure - Full Sun, Partial Sun, Partial Shade
Growth rate - Medium
Soil PH - Acidic, Neutral, Alkaline
Soil type - Light (sandy), medium (loamy), heavy (clay)
Water requirements - Average, moist
Landscape uses - Shade Trees, Street Trees
Bloom season - Spring
Leaf / Flower color - Green / White
1. Soak the seeds overnight in warm water. Mix the seeds with just a little bit moist vermiculite or moist sterile soil. Place the seeds in airtight plastic bag and store them in the refrigerator for at least two months.
2. Sow 1mm deep in the soil and keep moist in bright and warm place till teh germination.
2. Select a planting site for seeds outside in full sun, as they do not tolerate shade. This tree prefers fertile soil, but can tolerate poor soil. Mix sufficient peat moss into the soil to lower its pH to between 4.7 and 6.0.
3. Scatter the seeds thinly over the planting site in early fall or winter. Press the seeds lightly onto the soil without covering them.
4. Water the seeds with 1 to 2 inches of water per week, beginning after the last expected frost. The seedlings require consistently moist soil while growing, and the mature trees do not tolerate drought.
Seedlings do not generally require special protection from insects or disease.(source: ehow.com)