The Wild Service tree (Sorbus torminalis) was once widespread, if seldom abundant, in the forests of England and Wales As these were cleared, it became rarer and is now confined to ancient woodlands and hedges, such as those of royal hunting forests, particularly on heavy clay soils. Inconspicuous for much of the year, their white blossom in spring and crimson leaves in autumn give them away.

Woodland Trust -wild service tree

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