This tree is frequently self-sown in copses and on waste ground. Generally lowland, but reaching 380 m near Alston (Cumberland).
S. intermedia was introduced to cultivation in 1789, and is now widely planted as an ornamental tree, especially in town streets and parks. It was known from the wild by 1908, and is much more frequent than when it was mapped by Perring & Sell (1968).
Native of S. Sweden and the Baltic region.
Count of 10km squares in Great Britain: 686
Count of 10km squares in Ireland: 17
Count of 10km squares in the Channel Isles: 2
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
Atlas Supp (34b)
1978. Chemotaxonomic survey of the genus Sorbus in Europe. Naturwissenschaften. 65:111-112.
1986. Atlas of north European vascular plants north of the Tropic of Cancer. 3 vols.
1955. Cytological studies in Sorbus. Acta Horti Bergiani. 17(4):47-113.
1965. Vergleichende Chorologie der zentraleuropäischen Flora. Volume 1. 2 vols.