Sorbus aria x aucuparia (S. x thuringiaca)
A small to medium-sized tree, native in scrub and open woodland on well-drained soils over chalk, limestone, and occasionally more acid substrates, and an introduction in parks, gardens and streets. It establishes freely from seed. Generally lowland, but reaching 455 m in Teesdale (N.W. Yorks.).
S. aria is widespread and variable, and one of the three common sexually-reproducing species of the genus in Britain. It is probably native only in S. England, and perhaps in Co. Galway, and its native distribution is stable. It is widely planted as an ornamental tree, often as one of its cultivars, and widely naturalised.
European Temperate element.
Count of 10km squares in Great Britain: 225
Count of 10km squares in Ireland: 2
Count of 10km squares in the Channel Isles: 0
Atlas Change Index: 0.82
PLANTATT - Attributes of British and Irish plants. (.zip 1455KB) This dataset was compiled and published in 2004, and last updated in November 2008. Download includes an Excel spreadsheet of the attributes, and a PDF explaining the background and nomenclature. Note that the PDF version is the booklet as published, whereas the Excel spreadsheet incorporates subsequent corrections. A hardcopy can be purchased from the Centre for Ecology and Hydrology.