Sorbus aria x aucuparia (S. x thuringiaca)

Tracheophyta MagnoliopsidaRosaceaeSorbusSorbus 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.).



World Distribution

European Temperate element.

© P. Shannon

Broad Habitats

Broadleaved, mixed and yew woodland

Light (Ellenberg): 6

Moisture (Ellenberg): 4

Reaction (Ellenberg): 7

Nitrogen (Ellenberg): 4


Salt Tolerance (Ellenberg): 0

January Mean Temperature (Celsius): 3.8

July Mean Temperature (Celsius): 16.3

Annual Precipitation (mm): 774

Life form information

Height (cm): 1500

Perennation - primary


Life Form - primary

Mega-, meso- and microphanerophyte



Clonality - primary

Little or no vegetative spread

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

Distribution information

JNCC Designations


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.