A small to medium-sized tree of woods, cliffs, rock outcrops and rocky riversides. It can also be bird-sown from planted trees on waste ground and by railways. It avoids calcareous and heavy soils and dense shade. A sexual species, it flowers and fruits freely. 0-870 m (Helvellyn, Cumberland, and in the Rannoch area, Mid Perth).
There has been no appreciable change in the native distribution of S. aucuparia since the 1962 Atlas. The apparent increase probably results from increased recording of planted trees, some of which may be erroneously mapped as native.
Eurasian Boreo-temperate element.
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.
Atlas text references
1988. Comparative Plant Ecology.
1986. Atlas of north European vascular plants north of the Tropic of Cancer. 3 vols.
1965. Vergleichende Chorologie der zentraleuropäischen Flora. Volume 1. 2 vols.
2000. Biological Flora of the British Isles. No. 214. Sorbus aucuparia L. Journal of Ecology. 88:910-930.