Sorbus torminalis, commonly known as wild service tree or chequer tree, lawn specimen for cool northern climates, is a deciduous tree with upright sweeping branches and a rounded crown. It typically matures to 20-25 m tall. It is native to woodland areas in Europe, western Asia, and northern Africa.
It is particularly noted for its attractive form, shaggy bark, white spring flowers, edible berry-like fruits (which mature in fall), lobed maple-like leaves, and yellow-orange-red fall color.
Easily grown in humusy, moderately fertile, medium moisture, well-drained soils in full sun to part shade. Established trees tolerate periods of drought.
Best performs occurs in cool summer climates.
information source: www.missouribotanicalgarden.org
Genus - Sorbus
Species - Torminalis
Common name - Wild Service Tree
Pre-Treatment - Required
Plant type - Tree
Vegetation type - Deciduous
Hardiness zones - 6 - 9
Exposure - Full Sun, Partial Sun, Partial Shade
Height - 20 m
Spread - 15 m
Growth rate - Medium
Bloom season - June
Leaf / Flower color - Green / White
Soil PH - Acid, neutral, alkaline
Soil type - humusy, moderately fertile, medium moisture, well-drained
Water requirements - Average, Drought tolerant
Landscape uses - Woodland gardens, edible fruits. Lawn specimen for cool northern climates.
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 1 mm deep in the soil and keep moist in bright and warm place till the germination.
1. 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.
2. Scatter the seeds thinly over the planting site in early fall or winter. Press the seeds lightly onto the soil without covering them.
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)
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